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We give books a new shelf life.

We believe in the importance of books, our Houston Public Library system, and the power of a literate and connected community. Through the efforts of our volunteers and partner organizations, we are able to recycle, donate, and resell over 800,000 books each year!

Because of these efforts, we are making it affordable for every family to have their own home library and be a part of our Readers of Houston movement.

We strive to empower our community to use all the enriching services that the Houston Public Library offers, and we are reducing our environmental impact along the way through our recycling and creative upcycling initiatives.

Whether you’re a book sale patron, a warehouse warrior, a literacy partner, or a future Friend, thank you for being a part of the magic!

The original Friends of HPL logo.

The original Friends of HPL logo.


For 63 years we have had the same goal: Get books back out into the community, and create awareness of our incredible Houston Public Library system. 

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Photo Credit: Cody Duty, Houston Chronicle

Photo Credit: Cody Duty, Houston Chronicle

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Ready to make a difference? We need volunteers all year long to help us process books and get them back out into the Houston community!

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