MY Link

I have MY Link. Do YOU have yours?

Benefits of Library Card

  • Access to more than six million books, e-books, DVDs, magazines and research materials that make up the HPL collection.
  • Access to more than 130 electronic resources which include streaming music, videos, images, audiobooks, and countless other subject-based websites and databases.
  • Access to books and materials at other libraries, nationally and internationally, through our Interlibrary Loan program.
  • Free Wi-Fi and computer access at all HPL Locations.
  • Device checkout including mobile hotspots, laptop and tablets. Library card  must be at least 30 days old and without any outstanding fines or fees.

Library cards are free to all Texas residents.

Our Partner

Learn more about our MY Link Library Card partner, H-E-B.

Apply in person at any Houston Public Library Location

You can still get a MY Link card at any of our locations. 


You must provide a valid photo I.D. with your current address. The following types of photo I.D. are acceptable if they are not expired:

  • Government agency issued identification card
  • Passports from any country
  • Any state driver's license
  • Any state or city identification card
  • METRO identification card
  • School identification card

If the photo I.D. does not include your address, you will need to provide a separate document that includes that information.

Children under 18

Parents or guardians must sign applications for children under 18; if the child is not present, the parent or guardian must provide one of the following:

  • A current identification/document in the child's name issued by a government agency, school, or social services provider
  • OR the child's birth certificate
  • OR the child's immunization record

For details about acceptable alternative forms of identification, you may contact the Circulation Department at (832) 393-2222, M-Th 10-8, Fri-Sat 10-5.

Library cards expire every 3 years and must be renewed in person. Lost cards should be reported as soon as possible, as cardholders will be held responsible for any materials checked out on their card. There is no charge to replace a lost library card.

Update or Renew your MY Link Card

Do you need to update your contact info or renew your library card? We'll make sure your account is current. 

Registration by Mail or Email

If you are a Texas resident and unable to physically come to the library to register for a library card, you can register by mail. Please print the Library Card registration form and send it, along with a good quality photocopy of your photo I.D. with your current address, to:

Houston Public Library
System Circulation Department (Library Card)

500 McKinney
Houston, TX 77002

You can also email a scanned copy of the completed application form and photo I.D. 
It takes about 24 hours to process applications received by mail or email and prepare the card to be mailed, if all necessary information was included with the application.

Texas residents can also get a library card online

Non-resident Cards

If you live outside of Texas, you can obtain a card by paying a non-resident fee of $20/6 months or $40/year (personal check or money order made out to City of Houston). You can apply in person, by mail (see section above) or get a library card online

What Can I Do with my MY Link Library Card?

Membership has many privileges. Get your MY Link card today!