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HCPL's online resources allow you to stream movies and download ebooks, audiobooks, comics, magazines & movies on mobile devices and desktop computers, plus you can do research on almost any topic, learn a new language, get custom reading recommendations and lots more!

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eBooks, eAudio, Digital Magazines & more. Also available are materials in world languages such as Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Urdu, Vietnamese & more.

What's available
  • eBooks - 145,000+ titles
  • eAudiobooks - 52,000+ titles
  • Magazines - 3,900+ titles
  • World Language Materials - 5,000+ titles

Download the Libby App

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Linkedin Learning (formerly is an on-demand learning solution designed to help you gain new skills and advance your career. Mobile-responsive for smart phones & tablets.

Now available through the LinkedIn Learning app. HCPL's Library ID is hcplPlease click here for answers to frequently asked questions. 

What's available

6,000+ online courses in 7 languages.

Expert instructors with real-world experience.

60+ new courses added each week.

Courses cover: leadership, project management, mental wellness, sales, job hunting, cloud computing, python, excel, data science, digital marketing, photography, videography, 3D and animation, CAD & more!

Now available through the LinkedIn Learning app. HCPL's Library ID is hcplPlease click here for answers to frequently asked questions. 


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Kanopy is a streaming video service focusing on critically-acclaimed documentaries, foreign films & classic cinema. HCPL customers have access to 3 play credits/month, only 1 of which can be a Great Course.

What's available
  • Streaming video - 26,000+ movies

Descarga la aplicación Kanopy

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Freegal® Music offers access to about 15 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists, and over 40,000 music videos. Unlimited streaming and three downloads per week. 

What's available
  • 15 million songs
  • Over 40,000 music videos.
  • Unlimited streaming
  • Three downloads per week.


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The magazines you know and love, available digitally. 

TIP: When logging in on the Flipster app choose "Harris Co Public Library" rather than your local branch to make sure your library card number is recognized.

NOTE (12/7/2022): Back issues are currently unavailable when using Flipster in a web browser. They are available when using the Flipster app for tablets and mobile devices. This is a known issue and the vendor has been working to correct it. 

Tutorials: Flipster for Desktop Computers,Flipster App for iPad & iPhone,Flipster App for Android & Kindle Fire

What's available
  • Digital Magazines - over 75 titles

Download Flipster App

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Get unlimited access to more than 7,000 of the world's top newspapers and magazines as soon as they're available on shelves.

No limits on downloads.

Read in your browser or via the free PressReader app. 

How-To Guides and How-To Videos to get you started. 

NOTE: Effective 1/1/2023 the publisher of New York Post has removed access to that publication for public libraries through PressReader.

What's available

Over 7000 national and international newspapers and magazines in digital format. 


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Electronic books for children in English, Spanish & French

What's available
  • Books - 1,400+ titles
  • Language Learning - 120+ items
  • Read Along - 90+ titles
  • Graphic Novels - 60+ titles
  • Spanish Materials available

Descarga la aplicación Tumblebooks

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Here you'll find Houston Chronicle articles from 10/29/1985 to the present. Digital image edition available from 10/24/2017 to present.

To read the digital image edition click the listing on the menu with "image" as the format.  Click on "All Databases" to see other available collections from Newsbank: Houston Community Weeklies, Texas Newspaper collection, America's News, Special Reports & Hot Topics from around the nation. 

What's available
  • Houston Chronicle 
  • Weekly community publications
  • Texas Newspaper Collection
  • America's News

Here you'll find technology eBooks, interactive learning courses and more ranging from basic computer use to more advanced topics for programmers, coders and other IT professionals. 


What's available

35,000+ books
30,000+ hours of video
Curated learning paths, case studies and more
New and exclusive content from 200+ publishers and resource centers



Search for and read thousands of books online, many of which can be downloaded.

Access to this resource provided through the Texas State Library & Archives Commission's TexShare program ends 8/31/2023.

Video Tutorials: Reading EBSCO eBooks Downloading EBSCO eBooks to Your Mobile Device


What's available
  • High-quality titles in eBook format. Some available for download