The Old Quarry Branch of the Austin Public Library system opened with great fan-fare on January 15, 1976 in the Northwest Hills Shopping Center in Northwest Austin. The branch was designed by architect Charles B. Croft and built on property that once held a 100-acre, 30-foot deep limestone quarry—hence the name “Old Quarry.” Equipped with 8,300 square feet of floor space, the new branch replaced the Highland Park Branch, which had faithfully served the Northwest Austin area from 1958 until its closing in 1975. Old Quarry has seen two major renovations. The most extensive one occurred in 1992 when the Branch received a head-to-toe “makeover” complete with new carpeting and furniture, a new roof and floor plan, and an updated color scheme. Then in 1999, in response to the Americans With Disabilities Act, additional modifications were made to the Branch to make it and its resources more accessible to persons with disabilities.
Old Quarry Branch Talk Time takes place every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
The Old Quarry Branch Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.