Join the movement! #GivingTuesdayHPL

At the Friends of the Houston Public Library we are reminded everyday that people give: They give time, talent, books and financial support.

At the Houston Public Library we are reminded everyday of what the staff gives: They give knowledge, resources and guidance.

We believe that this exchange of goodness and giving is how we advance as a community.

No person alone has all the knowledge. No person alone has all the resources. Which is why it takes communities made up of these remarkable individuals who take the time to give, and communities made up of libraries, that provide creative havens of knowledge, learning and ever-expanding resources, materials and programs.

Give because you can’t imagine a world without libraries.

Give because you know the impact Houston Public Library programs have on our city.

Give because the Friends’ book sales make it possible for the community to fund raise and buy affordable books for homes and classrooms.

Give because your life has been changed by literature.

Give because you believe in giving.

So this year on #GivingTuesday, the national day dedicated to giving, we are starting a movement through #GivingTuesdayHPL and coming together to celebrate and support our Houston Public Library.

Take a Number

We encourage you to think about all of the services and programs the library offers, and donate at a level that is meaningful to you.

$5 is the price of a movie rental online - There are thousands of movies, CDs and Audiobooks available for checkout at the library.

$15 is the price of a ticketed family event in Houston - There are free programs and major HPL events all year long.

$27 is the price of a brand new hardcover book - There are millions of free books to choose from and check out from 43 branches!

$43 - The Houston Public Library has 43 branch locations, providing resources, knowledgeable staff and life-changing programs.

$99 -The Friends is a 99% powered volunteer program committed to raising funds and awareness for the Houston Public Library. We're a program for the community by the community.

Help us reach our two #GivingTuesdayHPL goals!

GOAL ONE: Reach 4,000 likes on Facebook! 

Building our capacity to give back and make HPL the best library in the nation includes having more people involved! 

  • Share our  Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages with your friends, networks, colleagues, famous pets, Houston celebrities and ask them to like and follow us!

GOAL TWO: Receive 1,000 individual donations.

  • Whether it’s $5, $50, or $5,000, your giving makes a difference no matter the amount!

  • Double the Donation by researching your company at the bottom of our donate page!

Join the Movement


Download and print our #unselfie card and share it on your social channels. Start a conversation about why you give back and why you are passionate about the Houston Public Library, Friends or Foundation!

Share your story today!



Share this blog or our #GivingTuesdayHPL Headquarters page on your social channels and email your friends about it! 

Check our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for new stories and posts throughout the month of November and share, like, favorite or retweet the posts that resonate with you!



Donate Online

Pledge to donate or donate now through November 29. Every dollar counts and creates meaningful change!

Join Your Workplace Campaign

Make a donation through your workplace campaign and designate your gift to Friends of HPL or HPL Foundation. If neither one is listed, you may write in your designation. HPL Foundation is a federal 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and your campaign coordinator will route your donation to us. The Friends of HPL is listed on the Combined Municipal Campaign; choose #2227 as your charity of choice! Find out more at

Donate Books

New or gently used books help the Friends of HPL fund raise through its online and community book sales. Host a book drive on our behalf or donate your treasures to us. We will get them into new hands and turn them into vital library programs.

Make a donation appointment!

Shop to Support

Amazon gives a portion of your purchase to the HPL Foundation if you shop through and choose the Houston Public Library Foundation as your charity of choice. It's exactly like Amazon, but better!

Shop from hundreds of online retailers at iGive at and choose HPL Foundation.

Go to and sign in to your account. Once you're in, scroll down to Community Rewards. Select organization #81104. Now, with every grocery shop, you're also raising funds!


The Friends of HPL is a 99% volunteer-powered organization. We need volunteers all year long to support us at events, processing books at the Friends' warehouse and more. See our current opportunities at and check back often to see what's new!