Tours

Tours

The Library is a great place for a field trip or group tour. Please contact us at least two weeks in advance so we can prepare for your visit. We look forward to seeing you!

Adult Tours

Reservations for adult and college-aged student group tours of the Central Library can be made by calling 512-974-7400 or sending your information through Book a Librarian.

Library Tour
Join us on a walkthrough of the Faulk Central Library. We cover the types of materials on each floor, Library services offered and classes taught. We can also introduce you to the Virtual Library—downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks, digital magazines and streaming music and movies—which can be accessed with your Library Card wherever you have an internet connection. If you have a particular interest, please let us know and we will tailor the tour appropriately.

Research Workshop
A research workshop is an opportunity for your group to meet with a librarian and learn about our databases in our sixteen-seat computer lab. If your group has a specific research topic, we will focus on databases that best meet your needs for finding journal articles, primary resources and other scholarly materials.

Youth Tours

Storytime Library Tour -- Recommended for Pre-K to 2nd grade -- 30-45 minutes
The Storytime Library Tour is geared towards our littlest Library users. Come learn about fun things at the Library and enjoy a storytime! When you call, please let us know the type of group, number of students and their ages, number of adults, any special requests and your contact information.

Library Tour/Library Skills -- Recommended for 3rd – 12th grade -- 45-60 minutes
This is a general tour where we show students the different areas of the Library, how to find their favorite books and all the cool things they can do here. We include time to browse and check out books. When you call, please let us know the type of group, number of students and their ages, number of adults, any special requests and your contact information.

Research Skills Tour -- Recommended for 5th-12th grade -- 60-90 minutes
Are you working on a research project for school? Arrange a Research Skills Tour with Austin Public Library! We’ll gather research materials, show you how to use our databases and be on hand to help with research for your assignment. When you call, please let us know the type of group, the research assignment, number of student and their ages, number of adults, any special requests and your contact information.

Homeschool/Community Groups -- Recommended for any age -- 60-90 minutes
If you are looking for a place to take your group on a field trip, consider the Austin Public Library! The Library welcomes groups of children and teens to explore all that we have to offer. This is perfect for Scouts and homeschoolers. When you call, please let us know the type of group, number of students and their ages, number of adults, any special requests and your contact information.

Most Library locations can handle groups of 30 or fewer. If your group is larger or if you have specific requests not covered in the options above, please let us know when you book your field trip and we will do our best to accommodate you. Reservations need to be confirmed with Library staff and should be made at least two weeks in advance.

To book a youth tour of the Faulk Central Library, call Suzan Nyfeler at 512-974-7347 or suzan.nyfeler (at) austintexas.gov.

To book a youth tour at your neighborhood branch of the Library contact the nearest location.

Want to get youth Library Cards for your group?

The best way for a child or teen to get a Library Card is for parents/guardians to take their child to their favorite Library location. They can get a card and start checking out books the same day! While we can sometimes help educators and other group leaders get cards for their students, in most cases this is not the ideal scenario and may not be possible for all locations. Contact the youth librarian at your favorite Library location for help and suggestions for getting Library Cards for your students.