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Central Library, Jesse H. Jones Building

500 McKinney
Houston, TX 77002
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M 10-8 |T 10-8 |W 10-8 |Th 10-8 |F 10-5 | Sa 10-5 | Su 1-5
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Please call 832.393.2027 to find out about meeting room capacity and availability.

Entrance to underground parking garage is on Lamar side. Parking is $2.00/hour; $16 maximum/day. Street parking is free on Sundays only. Central's bookdrop is located on Bagby side (behind the library building).

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Every child should experience the joy of reading! The Houston Public Library is proud to serve as community partner for this year’s KHOU 11 Book Drive. All books donated will benefit Houston-area Neighborhood Centers and can be dropped off at select Houston Public Library branches now through October 25, 2014. 


Additionally, the public is invited to drop off books from 8 AM - 12 PM Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Baker-Ripley House in Southwest Houston. More details can be found on the community page of KHOU.com.

Suggested Book Titles (PDF)



Central Library offers passport services for U.S. citizens.  Hours for this service are to the right.


Tuesdays: 11 AM - 7 PM
Wednesdays: 11 AM - 6 PM
Thursdays: 11 AM - 7 PM
Fridays 10 AM - 4 PM
Saturdays: 10 AM - 4 PM



Please call 832-393-1313 or visit HPL's Passport Services page for more information.


Our passport wait list opens at the stated hour for passport services on that day. We recommend arriving at the time the passport office opens for that day. We currently have a large number of people requesting passports, so the  wait list may close within the first hour of passport services.





Skype services are available at the Central Library for:

  • Family and friends contacting active/deployed members of the armed forces;
  • Online tests or examinations lasting more than one hour; and,
  • Job interviews and interview preparation.

What you will need:

  • Bring a valid identification at the time of the reservation;
  • You may be asked for supporting documentation for your request (example, information for the party you wish to contact); and,
  • If you are using the Skype service, you will need a Skype ID (HPL staff can assist you in obtaining one in advance).

To reserve a room, visit the 2nd floor reference desk, call 832-393-1313, or fill out the email reference form. Walk-ins are accepted, based on availability. Appointments available only during regular business hours.


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