About the Austin History Center

As the local history collection of the Austin Public Library, the Austin History Center provides the public with information about the history, current events, and activities of Austin and Travis County.We collect and preserve information about local governments, businesses, residents, institutions, and neighborhoods so that generations to come will have access to our history.

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Our expert staff is ready to assist researchers in our Reading Room six days a week, Tuesday-Sunday. On Mondays our staff and volunteers process archival materials for use by the public. You may visit the Reading Room page to learn about the special procedures for our Reading Room.The public is also welcome to enjoy our current exhibit in the hall outside the Reading Room.For those who cannot visit our facility, we encourage you to explore our complete reference services.

Mission Statement
To procure, preserve, present and provide the historical records that make up Austin's unique story.

Research Collections
Our extensive holdings include a variety of materials that document Austin from before its founding in 1839 to the present.

Donating Materials
The Austin History Center relies on individuals and organizations for building its historic collections. If you have items of interest (of even if you are not sure), check out our new Donation Guidelines to see how you can make your archives part of Austin's history.

The Building
Our beautiful building is a genuine source of pride.Built in 1933 to be Austin's first permanent public library, it has served the public ever since.

Meeting Room
A handsome meeting room is available in the Center for use by nonprofit organizations.

Getting Involved
Help us to preserve our community's heritage by volunteering your time.Consider joining the Austin History Center Association, the group that supports the work of the Austin History Center through restoration, education, and preservation projects.

Through a continually changing exhibit program, the Center presents the story ofAustin people, places, issues, and events, both past and present.

Terms of Use Policy
Please consult our policy concerning the use of materials on this Web site.

Frequently Requested AHC work tools