Due to forecasted winter weather conditions, the Library will delay opening until 1 PM on Thursday, March 5. The Virtual Library is always 24/7.

Discover your story at the Austin History Center (AHC), the local history and archives division of the Austin Public Library.  Plan a visit to the AHC for research in our collections or to view current exhibits.  Do you have a question about Austin’s history?  Ask us or take a look at our Austin FAQ.


Divided City: Civil War & Reconstruction in Austin explores how this moment in American History impacted our local community. Read more.

Our current David Earl Holt Photo Gallery exhibit, "Austin 175: Cabins to Skyscrapers," celebrates Austin's 175th birthday. Read more. Image PICA 01083, drawing by Edward Hall, January 1840.

Visit our Reading Room to conduct research in the AHC’s collections.

The AHC’s Community Archivists work to document African American, Asian American and Mexican American communities in Austin.  Learn more.

We’re working hard to create digital finding aids for our archival collections.  Browse inventories in Texas Archival Resources Online