The Library is a great place for a field trip or group tour. To book a tour at your neighborhood branch of the Library contact the nearest location at least two weeks in advance so we can prepare for your visit.
Central Library Tours
Tour the Central Library in person or check out the virtual tour.
*No public tours will be given on March 14 & March 21*
- available on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 12:30 PM
- approximately one hour long
- led by a trained docent
- first come, first served
- capped at 15 people per tour
Register in-person at 12 PM in front of the Gift Shop, located on the 2nd floor. Tourgoers are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes.
We look forward to seeing you!
Private and Specialized Tours
Reservations and inquiries for private and specialized tours can be made through our Ask a Librarian Email Form or by calling 512-974-7400. Please contact us at least two weeks in advance so we can better accommodate your request.
Private Tours (45-60 minutes)
We can provide a private tour if your group is unable to attend a public tour. Schedule a walkthrough of the Central Library. We briefly mention the types of materials on each floor and services offered.
Specialized Tours (Length Varies Based on Topic)
We will offer tours for architects, librarians, or other groups who have a special interest in the building’s architecture or library operations.
Youth Field Trips
The new Central Library is a great place for school or youth organization field trips! Youth staff welcomes your group and tells you a little about the library. Then your group can explore the Children’s or Teen Areas. This usually takes about 45 minutes. After this, your group may then explore the rest of the library on your own as best fits your interests and available time.
Research Visits and Field Trips
Join us for a group visit to the Central Library! The options listed below provide a brief outline of the types of visits we can offer, but we can combine or customize as needed. Reservations and inquiries can be made through our Ask a Librarian Email Form or by calling 512-974-7400. Please contact us at least two weeks in advance so we can better accommodate your request.
Introduction to the Virtual Library (30-45 Minutes)
A librarian will provide an overview of our Virtual Library —downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks, digital magazines and streaming music and movies—which can be accessed with your Library Card wherever you have an internet connection.
Research Workshop (45-60 Minutes)
A research workshop is an opportunity for your group to meet with a librarian and learn about our databases in our 15–seat computer lab. If your group has a specific research topic, we will focus on databases that best meet your needs for finding journal articles, primary resources and other scholarly materials.