Howson Branch

Monday - Thursday10 AM - 9 PM
Friday1 PM - 6 PM
Saturday10 AM - 5 PM

The Howson Branch opened in Austin’s Tarrytown neighborhood on October 5, 1960. It was built not from City funds, but from the bequest of Mrs. Emilie Wheelock Howson, for whom the branch is named. A portrait of Mrs. Howson is on display in the branch. In 1994, the Howson Branch benefited from another sizeable gift when Mrs. Jean Southerland donated funds for the addition of a periodicals reading room in the Library, in honor of her late husband and local architect Louis Feno Southerland. Dedicated in 1996, the Louis Southerland Reading Room includes a decorative glass partition that was designed by Susan Fiedorek and David Heymann as part of the City’s Art in Public Places Program.