810 Guadalupe St.
Austin, TX 78701
Tuesday – Saturday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Sunday: 12 PM – 6 PM
Although the Southeast Austin Community Branch first opened its doors to the public on February 28, 1998, it got its start back in the early 1990s. At that time area residents began working together to revitalize their community, which had seen a decline in living quality since the mid-80s. A grassroots community organization called SCAN (Southeast Corner of Austin Neighborhoods) was formed in 1993 to lobby City Hall for a number of much-needed services, including a library. These lobbying efforts, combined with steps taken by area activists, the Austin Public Library Commission, and the Austin Planning Commission, brought about the opening of a temporary library “room” in the Dove Springs Recreation Center in 1993. While this temporary space quickly became a vital part of the Center’s activities, citizens continued to work toward their dream of a community library that they could call their own. That dream finally began to materialize on the drizzly morning of November 23, 1996, when ground was officially broken on the Southeast Branch. In December 2010, the Branch underwent an extensive interior and exterior renovation that was completed in September 2011. The sidewalk leading from the parking lot to the accessible entrance was re-leveled to meet the standards of the American with Disabilities Act. Workers also replaced the double doors at the north entrance and installed security cameras and additional exterior lighting. The interior walls were repainted using an innovative palette of lively colors. Additionally, reading chairs were refurbished, and sustainable counter-tops were installed to create additional areas for laptop computer use. In keeping with the Library's commitment to green practices, the new Wi-Fi bar is made from 100% recycled paper that is as durable as granite. Now customers can work and learn in an open, collaborative setting, with a variety of work-spaces including counters, desk seating, computer workstations, and soft seating.