Due to the economic issues facing Harris County, a hiring freeze is in effect for all departments of Harris County government. The 15% vacancy rate that Harris County Public Library is now experiencing has necessitated a further decrease in library hours. After November 21, 2010 five Harris County branch libraries that have been open on Sundays-Atascocita Branch, Barbara Bush Branch, Clear Lake City County Freeman Branch, Katherine Tyra Branch and North Channel Branch- will no longer be open on Sundays. The Lone Star College-CyFair Branch, which is a partnership between Harris County Public Library and Lone Star College-CyFair will remain open on Sundays from 1:00 PM -6:00 PM.
Online services are still available 24/7 at www.hcpl.net . Customers will be able to renew library materials and place holds online. Library materials can also be renewed by calling 713-747-4763.By using HCPL's online branch library, the eBranch, customers will continue to be able to access the Library's catalog, electronic databases, downloadable materials and other services.
Throughout these difficult times the staff remains committed to maintaining a high level of customer service and I thank them for their continuing efforts. My thanks also go out to our many customers who use and appreciate the Harris County Public Library.