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Austin History Center

Austin History Center

810 Guadalupe St.
Sunday: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am-6:00 pm

About Austin History Center

  • As the local history collection of the Austin Public Library, the Austin History Center (AHC) provides the public with information about the history, current events and activities of the City of Austin and Travis County.
  • The AHC collects and preserves information about local governments, businesses, residents, institutions and neighborhoods so that generations to come will have access to Austin’s rich history.
  • For more information about the AHC visit

Holiday Schedule

Holiday Schedule link



New Year’s Day:
Monday, January 1*

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday:
Sunday and Monday, January 14 & 15*

Presidents Day:
Sunday and Monday, February 18 & 19*

Staff Development Day:
Friday, March 22

Sunday, March 31

Memorial Day:
Sunday and Monday, May 26 & 27*

Wednesday, June 19*

Independence Day:
Thursday, July 4*

Staff Development Day:
Friday, August 16

Labor Day:
Sunday & Monday, September 1 & 2*

Veterans Day:
Sunday & Monday, November 10 & 11*

Thanksgiving Day:
Wednesday, November 27 (close at 6 PM); Thursday and Friday, November 28* & 29*

Staff Development Day:
Friday, December 13

Tuesday & Wednesday, December 24* & 25*


New Year’s Day:
Wednesday, January 1*

* Dates are official City of Austin holidays.

Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit link

If you will be conducting research in the AHC Reading Room, please be aware of what you can expect.  You can also get a head start on some research from home.

Our parking lot is unavailable due to construction. So for now, when you visit the AHC, you'll need to pay to park in a metered spot on a nearby street. Metered parking is free before noon on Saturdays and all day on Sundays.

Videos about the Austin History Center

Videos about the Austin History Center link

The Austin History Center Archive

An introduction to archives produced in-house by Austin History Center staff.


Saving Austin's History

An Alpheus Media film for the Austin History Center/Austin History Center Association, 2014


Austin History Center - Behind the Scenes from Alpheus Media on Vimeo.

An Alpheus Media film for the Austin History Center/Austin History Center Association, 2015


Video Collections

To learn more about our video collections visit our Collections page. You can allso subscribe to our YouTube channel to see clips of videos from some of our collections