Cepeda Branch

The Library will CLOSE at 6 PM on Wednesday, November 26. The Library will be CLOSED on Thursday and Friday, November 27 and 28 for Thanksgiving. The Virtual Library is still available 24/7.

Cepeda Branch

512-974-7372
Monday - Thursday10 AM - 9 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
SundayClosed

Although the Cepeda Branch opened on June 20, 1998, it has a history in East Austin that spans over 25 years. It officially got its start back in 1975 as the Rosewood-Zaragoza Branch, located within the Rosewood-Zaragoza Recreation Center on Webberville Road. Then in 1978, having outgrown its space at the Center, the Branch was moved to a shopping center on E. 7th Street and renamed Govalle. A few years later, the Govalle Branch was relocated to a leased site on E. César Chávez, where it remained for the next 10 years. Finally in 1992, after East Austin residents had campaigned for over a decade for a new branch facility in their area, a city bond issue passed which appropriated funds for building six new branches in Austin, including one for Govalle. The site on Pleasant Valley Road was soon chosen and, in the spring of 1997, ground breaking ceremonies were carried out for the new Branch. While it was initially to be named the Zaragoza Branch, in 1997 it was named the Cepeda Branch in honor of Eustasio Cepeda, a Latino community leader in the 1930s and 1940s.

Upcoming Events at the Cepeda Branch

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

3:30 PM Book Circle
4:00 PM Lego Lab

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

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