The Friends provides support and resources for Library programs such as the Summer Reading Program for children, ASPIRE after school programs, and cultural programming and activities for the entire community.
The Friends supports Library staff through scholarships for advanced degrees in Library Science, employee recognition programs, staff recruitment, and training and development.
The Friends is able to provide this financial support through our book sale events and our Amazon.com online sales. Discarded library books and donated books from the public are sorted at our warehouse where our volunteers cull, categorize, and list books online.
Mission: The Friends of the Houston Public Library, founded in 1953, is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering wider recognition, use, and support of The Houston Public Library. With support from the Friends our Library is better able to meet the vital needs of the community.