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

The proceeds from our sales, donations, and memberships fund Houston Public Library programming. 

The Foundation Board of Directors, Foundation staff, 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.