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Renew Materials @ Your Library!

Remember to renew the books and DVD's you check-out to avoid possible fines. You can phone 713-747-4763 to use our  automated phone renewal or you can go to our website:   For these two services, your library card barcode number and pin are required. You can also call us direct at the North Channel Library to renew materials  if you know your barcode number, but have forgotten your pin number: 281-457-1631  The only time we cannot renew  an item is if another customer is waiting to use it. Another helpful service is that you can ask for more time, even when you are at the Library checking materials out for the first time! So ask us for extra time the next time you check-out--especially if you are going on a long vacation this summer!


How many times can I renew an item?

There is a limit of 2 renewals per item.


How can I receive library email notifications?

Receiving library email instead of postal mail

HCPL can send out notifications to your email when the items you have requested are ready for pick up or an item you have on loan is about due.  There are two ways to add an email address to your account:

  • Call or visit your local branch
  • Add an email address through My Account
    • Log in
    • Click Profile
    • Enter your email address and click update

    Note: It takes a few days to take effect

Problems with library email notifications


How do I renew materials online?

   1. From the Harris County Public Library homepage click My Account.
   2. Enter your library card number and your PIN and click Login.
   3. Click Items Out.
   4. You will now see all items you have out, when you checked them out, and their due date.
   5. Click the checkbox next to the item(s) you wish to renew, or click the top most checkbox to check all items, and click Renew.

To renew materials you will need:

- Your Library Barcode Number - The 14 digit number on your Library Card which begins with 2 4028.

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