Public Charge Schedule

There is no charge for basic library service, as outlined in Section 1.2.  of the HPL Policy Manual Charges for other services are:

Membership Fees



The library shall serve all residents of the District of Houston without charge.



Individuals living outside the District of Houston shall be charged $35.00 per person. Additional family members from the same household may be added at an additional charge of $5.00 per person up to $50.00 a household.

Juvenile Non-Resident:

$15.00 per child aged 0-18.


Senior Non-Residents:

There is no charge for senior citizens (60 years of age and older) either resident or non-resident.


Temporary Residents:

A temporary resident will be given a four-month membership for a $40.00 fee upon proof of identification including a driver’s license and one other piece of I.D. showing the patron’s permanent home address.  A $20.00 refund is available at the conclusion of the membership period provided no fines or overdue books are outstanding.



Books/Magazines/                                       10 cents per library open day to a maximum of

Newspapers/ Pamphlets                            $3.00 per item

Video Cassette                                             50 cents per library open day to a maximum of $3.00 per item

DVDs and CDs                                            50 cents per library open day to a maximum of $3.00 per item



Lost or Damaged Materials

Hardcover books, AV Materials                 Replacement cost plus $5.00 processing fee

Paperbacks                                                   Replacement cost plus $5.00 processing fee

Magazines/Newspapers                             Cover price plus $5.00 processing fee

CD cases (single and double)                   $5.00    (add to replacement costs and processing fees).

CD Binders (up to 12 discs)                       $15.00  (add to replacement costs and processing fees)

CD Binders (over 12 discs)                        $19.00  (add to replacement costs and processing fees).

Borrower’s card                                            $2.00

Barcode                                                         $1.00

NOTE:  If lost and paid for items are found and returned, only the replacement cost will be rebated.


Photocopying, Printing and Scanning

Single page                                      25 cents     (patron’s paper – 10 cents)

Double sided                                                35 cents

Computer printing                            25 cents per page

Color Printing                                   1.00 per page    (patron’s paper – 50 cents)


Fax Services

To send:                                             2.50 for the first page; $1.00 for each additional page

To receive:                                         50 cents per page


Scan to e-mail/file

$1.00 for unlimited pages.


NSF charge                                      $15.00

Invigilation charges                                     $30.00 (applies to non-members only)