The library's One Houston, One Library Transformation Plan provides a look at how HPL is aligning its people, place, and platform assets with citywide priorities driven by customer usage and needs and how the system is planning for the future. The comprehensive neighborhood capital improvement plan includes two key initiatives:
We encourage you to enjoy the latest information about our building and facility projects.
TECHLink Dixon powered by Aramco, opened January 28, 2021! TECHLink is one of HPL’s premier library service models featured in our transformative “One Houston. One Library” strategic plan, that is aimed at ensuring Houstonians throughout the city have equitable access to resources and services within any area of the city. While other library locations have been remodeled with the TECHLink concept, this is HPL's first stand-alone TECHLink facility, uniquely designed and specifically constructed for the delivery of TECHLink's robust technology resources.
The Library will undergo repairs to the exterior façade, roof, and exterior doors and windows. Originally built in 1926, and majorly renovated in 2008, the facility repairs will help extend the life span of the Library. Located in Freedman’s Town, The Gregory School was the 1st African American school located in Houston.READ MORE
The Alief Neighborhood Center is the first City of Houston facility designed specifically to provide the delivery of popular public services through the Houston Public Library, Parks and Recreation Department, and the Health Department. The $54M, 69K SF facility, will house the Alief Regional Library and TECHLink Facility. TECHLink is an innovative and potentially transformative extension of HPL’s current program of services to include free and equitable access to new and emerging state-of-the-art technologies. These spaces provide customers with instruction and tools for exploring music and video
production, digital animation, graphic design, photo editing, multimedia presentations, coding and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)-focused education.
Project Complete: The Plaza scope will include new plaza paving, artificial lawn, planters with trees, Adult Reading Area, Children’s Reading Room with shade structure and fans. New lighting, planters, irrigation, video display, water wall, and new site furnishings.READ MORE
Project Complete. The Flores Library renovation will include a new and expanded Children’s area with Technology Lab and access to a Children’s patio learning space. New and expanded teen area with upgraded Technology. A new Adult area with new computers, new seating, and access to the patio. The renovation will include a new computer lab and updated meeting room.READ MORE
The Johnson Library will undergo repairs to the exterior building envelope and roof. The Library was originally constructed in 1996 and is 12,190 SF. The exterior building envelope and roof work will extend the life of the building.READ MORE
The Julia Ideson Building, originally built in 1926 and renovated in 2007, will undergo foundational repairs to stabilize the building.READ MORE
Project Complete. This project will install and relocate new roof drain lines to the exterior of the building; add structural foundation helical piles; and repair interior finishes to restore the building to pre-Hurricane Harvey condition.READ MORE
The Kendall Library was damaged by rising flood waters during Hurricane Harvey. Approximately 48”+ of flood waters entered the entire first floor. The first floor, the roof, siding, furniture and content were affected by the storm. Flood water remained in the building for up to two weeks without air conditioning or power.READ MORE
The New Montrose Library, located within the New Montrose Collective Development, will feature a Library with reading areas, Technology access, a Children’s area, a Teen area, and meeting spaces. The Montrose Collective is a new mixed-use retail/office spaces in the heart of Montrose.READ MORE
The Ring Library will undergo repairs to the exterior building envelope and roof. The Library was originally constructed in 1964 and is 8,391 SF. The exterior building envelope and roof work will extend the life of the building.READ MORE
The Vinson Library location will be renovated to receive a new HPL TECHLink. The TECHLink will be approximately 3,000 SF.
TECHLink is an innovative and potentially transformative extension of the Library’s current program of services to include free and equitable access to new and emerging state-of-the-art technologies. These spaces provide customers with instruction and tools for exploring music and video production, digital animation, graphic design, photo editing, multimedia presentations, coding and STEM-focused education.
TECHLink has been crafted as a learning environment with a focus on creativity, self-expression, and collaboration, offering technology-based programs, classes and workshops based on current library and technology trends and community needs. Some of these spaces will also serve as testing venues for customers pursuing professional certifications.
TECHLink facilities will be carved out of existing library spaces, however, they will operate under the direction of the Digital Strategies Department. They will have their own managers and staff, skilled in the various available technologies in order to efficiently guide and assist customers in their use and service.
Although TECHLink’s services will extend far beyond traditional library offerings, they will continue to be freely accessible to all demographics and communities as part of the library’s ongoing efforts to provide equity of access and to bridging the digital and technology divides. Furthermore, TECHLink spaces will be strategically spread across the metropolitan Houston area to allow for increased accessibility to customers where they live or wherever their daily commutes may take them.READ MORE
The New Westbury Library will be combining the services of Meyer Neighborhood Library and the Frank HPL Express Library at this new location. The New Library will consist of a children’s, teen, and adult area, a meeting room, conference room, computers, and a TECHLink area.READ MORE