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Patient/Family Library

A Program of the Department of Volunteer Services

The Patient/Family Library provides books, magazines, newspapers, puzzles, audio books and CD players. Volunteers also travel throughout the Main Building with a cart replenishing reading materials in waiting areas.

Location: Main Building, Floor 1, near The Aquarium, R1.2212
Hours: Weekdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; weekends and after hours call 713-792-7180
Telephone: 713-792-1080

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Patients and caregivers can obtain a library card in the Patient/Family Library. Staff must register with the Research Medical Library in the Pickens Academic Tower, Floor 21 to check out books from the Patient/Family Library or other libraries in the Texas Medical Center.

  • The fiction and nonfiction selection in the permanent collection, as well as audio books and CD players, may be borrowed for two weeks after a library card is issued.
  • Paperbacks may be borrowed without a library card.
  • Current best sellers and audio books are purchased on a monthly basis.

Book Donation Policy

Based on limited storage space and infection control requirements, the library 
NO LONGER ACCEPTS hardback books. There are no exceptions. 

Clean paperback books and current magazines – no more than three months old – are accepted. No harlequins, please.