Houston Public Library Expands Hours to Enhance Community Access and Services

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 6/3/2024, 1:49 p.m.
In a significant move to better serve the community, the Houston Public Library (HPL) is thrilled to announce the extension …
Interim Chief Operating Officer for Houston Public Library, John Middleton

 In a significant move to better serve the community, the Houston Public Library (HPL) is thrilled to announce the extension of its operating hours. Starting June 1, 2024, key locations including Alief Regional Library, Central Library, and all three History Research Centers will offer expanded hours, providing greater access to a wealth of resources, services, and programs.

Commitment to Community Access

John Middleton, Interim Chief Operating Officer, expressed his enthusiasm for this development, emphasizing that the extended hours are a testament to HPL's dedication to the community. "This operational change is not just about convenience; it's about our commitment to making our materials and services accessible to everyone. Whether you need to research, access technology, participate in our diverse programs, or simply find a quiet place to study or read, we are here to serve the community," Middleton stated.

A Wealth of Services

Beyond the extended hours, HPL continues to offer a wide array of valuable services, including:

Passport Services: Convenient access to passport application and renewal services.

Free Wi-Fi and Computer Access: Ensuring all community members can stay connected and complete essential tasks.

Vast Collection: A diverse range of books, e-books, audiobooks, DVDs, and the innovative "Library of Things."

Programs for All Ages: Educational and recreational programs designed to engage and educate patrons of all ages.

Research Assistance: Professional assistance and resources to support research needs.

Meeting and Study Rooms: Spaces available for meetings, study sessions, and collaborative work.

Grand Opening of the Dr. Shannon Walker Neighborhood Library

To celebrate this milestone, the community is invited to the grand opening of the new Dr. Shannon Walker Neighborhood Library on June 1, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will feature remarks by Mayor Pro Tem and Council Member for District K, Martha Castex-Tatum, and NASA astronaut Dr. Shannon Walker, for whom the library is named. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the new facility and learn more about the library's extensive resources, free services, and exciting upcoming events.

About Houston Public Library

The Houston Public Library system serves one of the largest populations and areas in the country, with 2.3 million residents benefiting from its comprehensive, customer-focused service delivery. The system comprises 44 public service units, including one Central Library, five Regional Libraries, 29 Neighborhood and Express Libraries, three History Research Centers, three TECHLinks, a Satellite location at Children’s Museum Houston, a cafécollege Houston center, and a Mobile Express unit.

HPL is committed to fostering a love of learning, providing essential services, and ensuring that all community members have the resources they need to succeed.

For more information about the Houston Public Library, its services, and upcoming events, please visit [HPL's official website](https://www.houstonlibrary.org) and stay connected with us for the latest updates.