The Friends of the Houston Public Library is a coalition of book lovers, professional altruists, education and literacy pioneers, big dreamers, goal-setters, and everyday Houstonians who band together to support and drive awareness of the Houston Public Library.

The Friends processes and scans books culled from Houston Public Library branches and donated by the community. We sell these books at our affordable quarterly book sales and all year-long on our Amazon storefront. We also recycle any damaged books through Waste Management, and offer others to local artists like the ever-creative Lee Steiner of Domestic Papers. We offer book donations to partner organizations all year long, and especially when we have a surplus of books. 

The proceeds from our sales, donations, and memberships fund programs such as the Summer Reading Program for Children, ASPIRE after school programs, and cultural programming and activities for the Houston community. We also provide annual scholarships to HPL staff, so that they may continue to cultivate the knowledge and love that goes with being a librarian. 

The Friends' staff, board, volunteers, and partners work together to do these things because we believe our mission moves Houston forward.

Our Mission

Through advocacy and fundraising we support the Houston Public Library’s wide range of initiatives with particular emphasis on its neighborhood libraries and their community programs.

What We've Achieved

Recently, the Friends funded the Houston Public Library Mobile Express. The Mobile Express is a computer classroom on wheels that brings technology access and a number of programs to high-need neighborhoods. 

Recently, the Friends funded the Houston Public Library Mobile Express. The Mobile Express is a computer classroom on wheels that brings technology access and a number of programs to high-need neighborhoods. 

  •  Since 1953, we have:

    • Raised $2.5 million for hundreds of library programs

    • Provided over 50 scholarships to Houston Public Library staff members to pursue their Master of Library Science degree

    • Held over 100 community book sales

    • Donated over 650,000 books back into our Houston community and around the world.