About the Library


The Austin Public Library is a Department of the City of Austin made up of the Faulk Central Library, 20 Library Branches, the Recycled Reads bookstore and the Austin History Center, our local community archive. Like the rest of Austin, we’re under construction. Our Milwood Branch is undergoing renovations for improvement and soon Hampton Branch at Oak Hill and the Southeast Branch will follow. We are also anxiously awaiting the opening of our New Central Library in fall 2016!

Austin is known worldwide for its thriving art, music and film scenes; its abundant parks and green spaces; and its love affair with the breakfast taco. The Austin Public Library celebrates these elements of our local culture by providing you with access to books, technology, information and experiences. From regular film screenings and live music series to storytimes, Tech Toy Time and after-hours anime conventions, we work hard to engage residents from all walks of life in learning, interacting and growing together in safe and respectful environments – free and open to all in accordance with the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights. Together, we make Austin Austin and we Keep Austin Reading.

Join us in keeping Austin Public Library vibrant and contribute to making Austin the most livable city in the country.