Harris County Libraries Serve as Warming Centers

Residents seeking shelter from the frigid temperatures can head to their local library.  All 25 Harris County branch libraries will open at 9 am on Friday, January 8 and Saturday, January 9 to serve as warming centers for the public. 

Closing hours will vary depending on the branch.


Many times we need a legal form for wills, lease agreements, or power of attorney. The library is just the place to turn. In addition to the many books we have on legal forms we have a database specifically for Texas legal forms. You just start at our website www.hcpl.net and go to databases. Then choose Law and Government. Under that heading you will find Thomson Gale Legal Forms. You will need your library card number and four digit PIN to access the database.

Welcome, Liam!

Book Cover for 25,001 Best Baby NamesMy great nephew was born Christmas Eve night, and he is the best gift to all our family. His name is Liam Robert. In 25,000+ Baby Names the name Liam is described as an Irish form of the German name William, which means determined guardian.  Robert is of English origin and means famous brilliance.

The library system has numerous books with baby names and their meaning. These books are popular and we get new titles often so that the books reflect the current trends in baby names. 
Liam, we are so glad you are finally here! Thank you for making this an unforgettable Christmas!


Tuesday's storytime had a surprise visitor, that creature who's heart was two sizes too small. Lucky for us we got to see Mr. Grinch after he found out the true meaning of Christmas and his heart had grown 3 sizes bigger. The children were delighted to meet him and a good time was had by all.

Finding Quiet in the Holiday Season

Cover of Into Great SilenceIn the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, finding silence isn’t always easy. The library has a movie that has silence as its setting: Into Great Silence. This documentary was done by German filmmaker Philip Gröning. It shows the life of Carthusian monks at the French Grande Chartreuse monastery as they go about their daily lives of prayer and work. There is no narration, no background music, and no artificial lighting. The result is an unusual film experience. At first, watching a film without narration and background music feels odd, but after awhile the film gives an experience of stillness and quiet. It also contains some gorgeous images of nature in the surrounding French Alps.