Central Library Tours

Public Tours

*No public tours will be given on Wednesday, December 20 and Wednesday, December 27* 

  • 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.

Tour the Seaholm EcoDistrict

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.

Research Visits

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.

Youth Field Trips

Central Library Youth Services would love to host a library field trip for your school or youth organization! Select from two general types of field trips – Explore the Library and School Research.

Explore the Library – Recommended for K through 12th grade (60 minutes)
This is a great option for most school, homeschool, and youth groups. Learn all the cool things the Library has for kids, plus how to find your favorite books. Groups may then explore the rest of the library on their own. All Youth Field Trips start on the 3rd floor.

School Research Recommended for 3rd to 12th Grade (60-90 Minutes)
Learn about the different areas of the Library, how to find your favorite books, basic to in-depth research skills, plus library resources just right for your assignment. All Youth Field Trips start on the 3rd floor.

We look forward to seeing you at the Central Library!