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:

Taking it to the Streets: A Visual History of Protest and Demonstration in Austin

Place Your Face in History

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

April 25, 2019 | 6:30 PM

“City in a Garden” book talk with author Andrew Busch

Author, professor, and former Austin resident Andrew M. Busch, PhD, will be speaking about his new book, “City in a Garden: Environmental Transformations and Racial Justice in Twentieth Century Austin, Texas” (University of North Carolina Press, 2017) at the Austin History Center on Thursday, April 25. Busch traces Austin’s development through the twentieth century and asks readers to consider the social ramifications of sustainable urban development. Austin’s story helps us to understand the limits of liberal public policies as they apply to racial discrimination and segregation. The talk should be of interest to city planners, environmentalists, and people interested in Austin’s history and future. There will be ample time for a community discussion about the book as well as about Austin’s contemporary development. Event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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