Visit Us - Austin History Center

Plan Your Visit

We are located in the beautiful historic former Central Library building.

810 Guadalupe Street, Austin, Texas, 78701

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM - 6 PM, and Sundays, 12 PM - 6 PM. Closed Mondays.

What to Expect

To ensure the security and preservation of our materials, when you arrive at the Austin History Center we will ask that you:

  • Sign in at the front desk.
  • Place all bags and personal belongings in the lockers provided. Exceptions are provided for cameras, phones, and laptops, as long as you lock up the case.  You may also bring in up to five (5) loose sheets of your own notes.
  • Use pencils, not pens, while in the Reading Room. We provide pencils and note paper.
  • Fill out a call slip to request materials and staff will retrieve materials for you.
  • Use all of our materials in the Reading Room. Items may not be checked out.


Also available in our Reading Room:

  • Photocopier.  The rate is $.20 per page, payable by cash, check or credit cards when you are ready to leave.
  • Four microform reader-printers. Two of our machines can scan microforms to a PC. The image files can then be either e-mailed via webmail or transferred to a flash drive. Unfortunately, the current computers cannot burn files to a CD.
  • Two computers to access Austin History Center and Austin Public Library reference databases.
  • Televisions, VCRs, DVD players, record and audiocassette players for accessing items from our Audio-Video collections.
  • Adaptive equipment: Kurzweil reader, Jaws and Magic.

Driving Directions

Austin History Center
810 Guadalupe St.
Austin, TX 78701

What to Expect When You Visit

From I-35 North: Exit 234C, make a right at E. 11st and head West. Make a left at Guadalupe. Park in the lot or at any available street parking.

From I-35 South: Exit 234C, make a left over E. 11st and head West. Go through the intersection at 8th and Guadalupe and make a right at San Antonio. The rear entrance to the parking lot will be just on the right.

From Mopac North: Exit Enfield Rd. Make a left onto Enfield Rd. Enfield becomes W. 15th at the bridge over Lamar Blvd. Continue on and make a right onto Guadalupe St. Make a right into the parking lot just after 9th St.

From Mopac South: Exit 5th St./Lake Austin Blvd. Make a right onto 5th St. Continue on and make a left at Lavaca St. (same if you accidentally get on Cesar Chavez Blvd). Make a left onto W. 8th St. Go through the intersection at 8th and Guadalupe and make a right at San Antonio. The rear entrance to the parking lot will be just on the right.

Parking: Metered parking is available on the south side of our building in the lot that we share with the John Henry Faulk building.  There is also ample street parking in the area. Current meter rates are $1 per hour payable by MasterCard, Visa, debit cards or coins. Metered parking is free on Sundays.


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Public Transportation

The Austin History Center is conveniently served by numerous Capital Metro bus routes. Use the Capital Metro Trip Planner to find the best route for you.

The MetroRail Red Line also stops at 401 E. 4th Street.  This is an approximately 15-minute walk from the Austin History Center.

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