The Houston Public Library Foundation

One of the most unique aspects of the Friends program involves our organizational structure.  The Friends of HPL is a program of the Houston Public Library Foundation.


In 2007, the Houston Library Board transformed into the Houston Public Library Foundation, a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  

This prompted a merger between Friends of the Houston Public Library and the Houston Public Library Foundation, because both organizations shared common goals. 


Our goal, as a combined organization, is to have stronger, unified strategies that maximize and diversify our revenue streams, while engaging vital volunteer support.  

Linked together

Linking you to our community.

Friends of HPL is the 99.5% volunteer-powered, public-facing program that readers throughout Houston have grown to love. We host book sale fundraisers and outreach events, that benefit Houston Public Library programs.

Linking you to our cause.

The HPL Foundation focuses on matching the Library’s program activities with philanthropists, organizations, and businesses who share our vision for a better tomorrow.  The Foundation hosts fundraisers and manages capital campaigns. 

Linking you to the world.

Houston Public Library connects Houstonians to vital resources, technology and educational and cultural programs. Through its 43 library locations, HPL offers dynamic solutions to everyday needs. Learn More>