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January 17, 2008

Visit Houston's Most Innovative Library: HPL Express Southwest

Grand Opening


Please join City of Houston Officials and the Houston Public Library Staff for the Grand Opening of Houston's Most Innovative Library:


HPL Express Southwest

6400 High Star, 77074

(Inside Southwest Multi-Service Center)


Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 11 a.m.


Enjoy technology test-drives and demonstrations, library card sign-up, entertainment and refreshments for all.


HPL Express


Everyone is invited to visit and enjoy all the resources available at the Houston Public Library's first HPL Express location, HPL Express Southwest. Opening on January 24, 2008, HPLX represents a unique concept in libraries and is the first of its kind in the world of libraries across the country. The Library is located in the Southwest Multi-Service Center at 6400 High Star.


This service model started as the e-library project, an assessment of better ways to offer library resources electronically and bridge the digital divide, and has developed into a completely new way of providing library service to all communities. HPL Express is a unique library facility that is intended to be installed within existing buildings, multi-service centers, office buildings, shopping malls, airports, and so on.


Using HPL's advanced technology resources, HPL Express customers will have full access to the services, data, and collections of the entire library system.  While the most popular and relevant materials will be kept on-site, customers may request that materials from any HPL location be delivered to any HPL Express for pick-up or use.  The collections of the entire system are at their fingertips.


Computer courses, age-appropriate programs, virtual tutoring, and access to HPL's vast collection of databases for researchers, students, small businesses, and others are readily-available with a library staff specially trained and committed to the HPL Express experience. Technology resources will include:

  • 15 laptops for computer classes
  • 2- 42" LCD monitors for gaming, video reference, digital storytime, community events postings, movies, phonics and reading programs, etc...
  • 3 bilingual Early Literacy Stations (educational computer workstation that provides accessibility to information and quality education to children pre-school age through the third grade)
  • 30 public access computers including 3 Macintosh Computers
  • 5 laptops for checkout (for on-site use)
  • Computer reservation paging system
  • Free wireless Internet access
  • Humana Wellzone kiosk
  • Printing and copying services
  • Self Check Out units
  • Video & instant messaging reference services


After Thursday, January 24th, HPL Express Southwest will be open:

Monday 9-6

Tuesday 10-8

Wednesday 9-6

Thursday 10-8

Friday 9-6

Saturday 9-5

Sunday Closed

Programs & Events

Some of the activities and programs you will find at HPL Express include:

  • Computer Classes, Monday- Thursday, 12-1 p.m.
  • Open Computer Lab; Monday- Thursday, 1-2 p.m.
  • Evening Computer Classes; Tuesday and Thursday, 6-8 p.m.
  • Rosetta Stone Computer Lab; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 4-6 p.m.
  • Learning Express Computer Lab; Saturday, 12-2 p.m.
  • Children's Storytime; Monday-Thursday, 12-12:30 p.m.
  • Children's Phonics Reading Program, Monday-Thursday, 12:30-1 p.m.

For more information, call 832-393-1313 or visit