Southeast Branch

512-974-8840
Monday - Thursday10 AM - 9 PM
Friday1 PM - 6 PM
Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
SundayClosed

Although the Southeast Austin Community Branch first opened its doors to the public in 1998, it got its start back in the early 1990s. At that time, area residents began working together to revitalize their community. 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 for the Southeast Branch.

The Children’s Reading Room at the Southeast Branch features a collaborative art project by children from the community and Austin Art in Public Places artists Claudia Reese and Phil Martin. The resulting work, Untitled (Faces) is a collection of painted tiles that bring another element of joy and wonder to the branch.