Special Collections

HPL The African American Library at the Gregory SchoolThe African American Library at the Gregory School

It is Houston’s first colored public school located in historic Freedmen’s Town and serves as a resource and repository to preserve, promote, and celebrate the rich history and culture of African Americans in Houston, the surrounding region and the African Diaspora.

HPL The Clayton Library for Genealogical ResearchClayton Library Center for Genealogical Research

It is consistently named one of the best family history research libraries in the United States. Family history research materials are available in print, microprint and online. Visit us to explore these collections as well as digitized records on FamilySearch.org.

Houston Metropolitan Research Center 

HPL The Houston Area Digital Archives

This collection includes archival, Texan and local history, and special collections departments with the primary objectives of locating, preserving, and making available to researchers the documentary evidence of Houston's history. This collection is accessible in the historic Julia Ideson Building.

HPL The Houston Oral History ProjectHouston Oral History Project

It is an effort to record and preserve the dynamic history of Houston through the stories and experiences of its residents. It is a collaboration between the Mayor’s Office, the Houston Public Library and the University of Houston.

Houston Public Library Digital Archives HPL The Houston Metropolitan Resesarch Center

Houston Public Library Digital Archives provides open, online access to the library's rich collections and other community archives. We digitize books, audio and video materials, documents, photographs, manuscripts, maps, memorabilia and more, making them freely available for research.

Central Library's Special Collections

Foundation Center Funding Information Network Partner

Access authoritative print and electronic philanthropic resources.

The Greenberg Collection

This collection supports nonfiction books on music, art, antiques, architecture, cooking, and travel including the history of any of these subjects and biographies of persons connected with any of these subjects. In 1977, Jacob Greenberg endowed the Fine Arts Department with a trust fund established in memory of his deceased spouse, Lurine Karon Greenberg.

HPL Government documents LogoGovernment Documents

It has the oldest and largest collection of government publications in the Houston area. We are a selective depository library for U.S. government document publications since 1884.

World Languages Collection 

HPL The World Languages Collection Flags

This collection serves Houston's culturally diverse communities by offering opportunities for learning, fun and access to technology in multiple languages through a central complex and neighborhood branch libraries.