AF – Libraries – Austin Public – Austin History Center
The Austin History Center building was the original Austin Public Library, completed in 1933. The Italian Renaissance-style structure used local materials, skills, and labor. Estimated cost of construction in 1932 was $125,000. The building was planned to hold 100,000 volumes. By 1979 much more space was needed, and the new Central Library of the Austin Public Library was constructed next door.