City of Houston

Houston residents can escape the heat throughout the week at city-run cooling centers

The City of Houston is operating public cooling centers through Sunday at many of its libraries, community centers and multi-service centers.

Alief Regional Library
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The Alief-David Henington Regional Library, 11903 Bellaire Blvd., is among the City of Houston facilities serving as cooling centers this week.

With triple-digit temperatures returning to the Houston area this week, the city is allowing the public to escape the heat and cool off at its libraries, community centers and multi-service centers.

The Houston Health Department announced Wednesday that most of the city's libraries and multi-service centers are operating as cooling centers through Saturday, during their normal business hours, while community centers run by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department will open to the public after their scheduled daily programming. Additionally, the Acres Homes Multi-Service Center (6719 W. Montgomery Rd.), Sunny Multi-Service Center (4410 Reed Rd.) and Moody Community Center (3725 Fulton St.). will serve as cooling centers from 3-7 p.m. Sunday.

The YMCA of Greater Houston also is providing resources for people who need relief from the heat, according to the health department, which said the following research centers will be open as cooling centers from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday: Houston History Research Center (550 McKinney St.), African American History Research Center (1300 Victor St.) and the Family History Research Center (5300 Caroline St.).

The health department said the city-run facilities are geared toward accommodating Houstonians who do not have air-conditioning in their homes. Residents who need transportation to cooling centers can call 3-1-1 to request free rides.

High temperatures of at least 100 degrees are forecasted every day this week, according to the National Weather Service's Houston-Galveston office. And because of high humidity, heat indexes, or feels-like temperatures, are expected to reach 113 degrees or greater.

The health department and National Weather Service advise residents of the region to drink plenty of water, limit their time outdoors and wear light clothing, sunscreen and wide-brimmed hats when outside, along with keeping close tabs on children, the elderly and pets.

Below is a list of the city-run libraries serving as cooling centers, along with their hours and dates of operation:

Thursday, July 13 (until 8 p.m.)

Alief-David Henington Regional Library, 11903 Bellaire Blvd.

Collier Regional Library, 6200 Pinemont Dr.

Heights Library, 1302 Heights Blvd.

Kendall Neighborhood Library, 609 N. Eldridge Pkwy.

Park Place Regional Library, 8145 Park Place

Robinson-Westchase Neighborhood Library, 3223 Wilcrest Dr.

Scenic Woods Regional Library, 10677 Homestead Rd.

Stella Link Regional Library, 7405 Stella Link Rd.

TECHLink Dixon Library, 8002 Hirsch Rd.

Young Library, 5107 Griggs Rd.

Friday, July 14 (from 1-5 p.m.) & Saturday, July 15 (from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Acres Homes Library, 8501 W. Montgomery Rd.

Alief-David Henington Regional Library, 11903 Bellaire Blvd.

Blue Ridge Library, 7007 W. Fuqua St.

Bracewell Library, 9002 Kingspoint Dr.

Carnegie Library, 1050 Quitman St.

Collier Regional Library, 6200 Pinemont Dr.

Flores Neighborhood Library, 110 N. Milby St.

Frank Express Library, 10103 Fondren Rd.

Heights Neighborhood Library, 1302 Heights Blvd.

Hillendahl Library, 2436 Gessner Rd.

Johnson Library, 3517 Reed Rd.

Jungman Library, 5830 Westheimer Rd.

Kashmere Gardens Library, 5411 Pardee St.

Kendall Neighborhood Library, 609 N. Eldridge Pkwy.

Looscan Neighborhood Library, 2510 Willowick Rd.

Oak Forest Library, 1349 W. 43rd St.

Park Place Regional Library, 8145 Park Place

Robinson-Westchase Neighborhood Library, 3223 Wilcrest Dr.

Scenic Woods Regional Library, 10677 Homestead Rd.

Smith Library, 3624 Scott St.

Stanaker Neighborhood Library, 611 S. Sgt. Macario Garcia Dr.

Stella Link Regional Library, 7405 Stella Link Rd.

TECHLink Dixon Library, 8002 Hirsch Rd.

Tuttle Library, 702 Kress St.

Vinson Neighborhood Library, 3810 W. Fuqua St.

Walter Neighborhood Library, 7660 Clarewood Dr.

Young Library, 5107 Griggs Rd.