Building for the Future

HPL Julia Ideson Building

The Houston Public Library is dedicated to continuously improve its facilities, resources and services in order to provide a welcoming and family-friendly atmosphere for the Houston community to enjoy.


Central Library Plaza | Henington-Alief Regional Library | Jungman Neighborhood Library | Young Neighborhood Library | Stimley-Blue Ridge Neighborhood Library | Robinson-Westchase Neighborhood Library

Grand reopening information is updated on the ReLinking You to Your Library webpage. 

HPL CentralCentral Library Plaza
500 McKinney St., 77002


Groundbreaking: Tuesday, September 2016
Renovation Project: Coming Soon
Contractor:  Gadberry Construction Company
Architect: Lauren Griffith + Associates
Funding: Donations (Houston Public Library Foundation, Downtown Redevelopment Authority)

The Central Library Plaza’s renovation is designed to create a family friendly atmosphere for the Houston community to gather for leisure, lite dining, library and city activities and programs. This project includes placement of a new steel/glass stage area including lighting dedicated for concerts, plays, programs and other events. New granite pavers will cover most existing concrete along the Julia Ideson Building (JIB) side of the plaza area. All the existing wood deck areas will be removed in order to install granite pavers and new lighting around the trees. This renovation project is expected to be completed by late Winter 2017.

HPL Henington Alief LibraryHenington-Alief Regional Library
7979 South Kirkwood, 77072


Re-Opening Date: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Renovation Project: $445,715
Contractor: Horizon International Group, LLC
Architect: English + Associates Architect, Inc.
Funding: Library Bonds

After being closed for extensive renovations for over a year, the David M. Henington-Alief Regional Library will host its grand re-opening in September 2016. The $400K renovation included updates to the Children’s Area, a new Teen Area, latest digital resources and new lounge furniture. The Adult space received an update with a laptop bar and upgrades to the Passport Office.

HPL Jungman Library

Jungman Neighborhood Library
5830 Westheimer Rd., 77057


Re-Opening Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Renovation Project: $6.7 million
Contractor: Turner Construction
Architect: Energy Architects, Inc.
Funding: Library Bonds

The 2-year renovation project has been completed at the J. Frank Jungman Neighborhood Library. The exterior of this 40-year old building has gone through major renovation which included the installation of new window walls, a new roof system and an extended parking lot with landscaping and irrigation. There was also an upgrade to the electrical system to sustain an increase in digital equipment. The new interior includes a cozy Children’s Reading Room and a Teen Room. Additionally, the interior includes an Adult Reading Room, a quiet room and a new small-scale Business Center.

HPL Young Library

Young Neighborhood Library
5107 Griggs Rd., 77021


Re-Opening Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Renovation Project: $11.6 million
Contractor: Gilbane Building Company
Architect: Perkins + Will
Funding: TIRZ #7

The Houston Public Library will unveil a brand new Alice McKean Young Neighborhood Library that will provide the community with increased space and resources. The building design and system will achieve the LEED™ Silver Certification for maximizing durability and efficiency. The library at its new location (at the northwest corner of Griggs Road and Martin Luther King, Jr.) will be highly visible from the light rail Southeast Line, as well as pedestrian and car traffic. The exterior will have a striking unique design with ceiling to floor window walls, pleasing landscape art and an extended parking lot. The interior will include Children’s, Teen and Adult spaces equipped with comfy lounge chairs, study tables, computers and gaming capabilities. The library will provide state-of-the art technology with laptop bars and several conference rooms for community meetings and activities.

HPL Stimley Blue Ridge Library

Stimley-Blue Ridge Neighborhood Library
7707 W. Fuqua, 77489


Re-Opening Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Renovation Project: $352,230
Contractor: Kellogg Brown & Root, LLC
Architect: English + Associates Architect, Inc.
Funding: Library Bonds

The Stimley-Blue Ridge Neighborhood Library renovation project included re-organization of space to accommodate a new Texas WIC Center adjacent to the library.  It has also been designated as a Texas State Libraries & Archives Commission's Family Place Libraries™.This project is a collaboration with the Houston Public Library and City of Houston Health Department. The renovation will provide a multitude of resources to its community.

HPL Robinson Westchase LibraryRobinson-Westhchase Neighborhood Library
7979 South Kirkwood, 77072


Project Dates: Building closed August 31, 2016. Expected opening: 2018
Renovation Project: $9,342,000
Contractor: Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC
Architect: Coming Soon
Funding: Library Bonds

The Robinson-Westchase Neighborhood Library is currently under construction to be completely renovated. Upon reopening, the community will experience a welcoming, modern and family friendly space. The renovation will include an exquisite window wall and front area, new roofing system, and an enhanced electrical system to facilitate an increase in computer services. There will be upgraded spaces for Adult reading and quiet areas as well as Children and Teen spaces with lounge-style furniture and a new meeting space. The roof deck, parking lot, landscaping, irrigation and site elements will be repaired or replaced as required.

We encourage you to continue to check this page for latest information about our building and facility projects.