** The AHC's Reading Room reopened with reduced capacity on on May 13, 2021. We are open for research on Thursdays and Fridays, 10am-6pm. Limited space is available by appointment and for walk-in researchers. We will also continue to offer expanded remote reference services for those unable to visit us onsite. You can check here for updates from the Austin Public Library.**
The Austin History Center (AHC) strives to make information about Austin and Travis County readily available to the public. Our books, periodicals and much of our media collection are listed in the Austin Public Library's Catalog and many of our archival collection finding aids have been posted to Texas Archival Resources Online. Our Online Collections page can take you to the portions of our digitized collections which are available online. Our other materials may be accessed using a variety of in-house indexes, catalogs, databases and research guides. Our Reading Room staff is available to assist you in the use of these items.
Contact Us with a Research Request
If you have a research question, you may submit it using our Research Request Form or call our reference desk at 512-974-7480 during open hours (Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm starting on June 8, 2020).
Austin History Center staff will work with you to set up an appointment if needed, or may fulfill research requests by sending low-resolution scans of collection materials. This includes requests for scanned documents, maps, and photographs; digitized audiovisual materials, copies of obituaries or newspaper articles; or scanned portions of City reports or other historical books.
Requests will take up to 3 weeks to process, and requests for large amounts of materials may be sent in batches as staff time allows. Access copies are provided at no charge at this time, and production quality copies can be provided for a fee. Please note that the Austin History Center reserves the right to refuse to fill any copy request because of potential damage to a fragile original, copyright restrictions, or other concerns. We will make every effort to quickly inform customers if we cannot fill an order.