The HPL Express service model started as the e-library project, an assessment of better ways to offer library resources electronically and bridge the digital divide, and has developed into a completely new way of providing library service to all communities.
HPL Express is a unique library facility that is intended to be installed within existing buildings, multi-service centers, office buildings, shopping malls, airports, and more. Even better is the bottom-line: Houston Public Library should be able to open the doors to a full-size HPL Express facility and operate it for one-quarter the cost of a new traditional library, while providing complete service to the same number of customers as a traditional library.
HPL Express customers have full access to the services, data, and collections of the entire library system. While the most popular and relevant materials will be kept on-site, customers may request that materials from any Houston Public Library location be delivered to any HPL Express for pick-up or use. The Library staff is specially-trained and committed to help customers navigate HPL’s vast technology resources and collections now right at their fingertips.