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.

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. Our exhibits program offers 4 exhibits a year on various Austin topics in the Grand Lobby and the David Earl Holt Photo Gallery.

We have two exhibits currently on display:

Play Ball! Austin and the Great American Pastime

Finding Refuge in Austin, 1848-1980.

For more information about our exhibits, upcoming programs, and other services, visit us online at


810 Guadalupe St. (map)


Tuesday - Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM, Sunday 12 noon to 6 PM, CLOSED Mondays






upcoming events

May 8, 2018 | 6:30 PM

Meet the Author: Ken Roberts

For more than 150 years, the hills and cedar breaks of western Travis County have been populated by the Cedar Choppers, migrants from Appalachia who made a living cutting and selling cedar logs. Who are these people? Author Ken Roberts set out to answer that question after a chance encounter with three young cedar choppers beneath the Tom Miller Dam. Roberts will share his insights from his new book, “The Cedar Choppers: Life on the Edge of Nothing,” during an author talk at the Austin History Center. Light refreshments will be served and a book signing will follow the event, which is free and open to the public.

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