The Houston Public Library is closing in 2019 and the city’s public libraries will be shuttered in 2019.
The city’s Public Library System (PLS) announced on Tuesday that it would end the operations of its online services and close all library services in the next several months.
The announcement comes just days after the city of Houston voted to shut down its library system.
The plan to shut off the city library system came on the heels of the Houston Public School District’s decision to close all public schools for two months in 2019, the last of which was scheduled for September.
The PLS said the closing of the library system and closure of all services will allow for a “complete overhaul” of the city public library system, which it said will bring “a level of transparency and accountability to the entire system.”
The closure of the libraries will not impact library access, according to the PLS.
“Our goal is to create a better library experience for our customers and our staff, and that means a more efficient, safe, and accessible library experience,” the PLR said.
“We’re making that happen, and our library is doing it by focusing on the needs of our customers, staff, students, and the broader community.”