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:

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

September 3, 2014 | 6 PM

Beer Garden Social ~ The Wit and Wisdom of Ann Richards

The Austin History Center invites you to celebrate the birth of Texas’ 45th Governor during its second annual Beer Garden Social at Scholz Beer Garden, 1607 San Jacinto Street, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday September 3rd, 2014. The History Center is partnering with Austin’s own vaudevillians, Esther’s Follies, to stage a variety show honoring Texas’ last female governor. The show will star Shannon Sedwick, and other special guests include author Spike Gillespie. There will also be music and a performance by a thespian student. In addition to the stage show, there will be fun family activities, birthday cake, a table-top exhibit celebrating the life of Ann Richards and other surprises. The event is free and open to the public. Food and drinks may be purchased from Scholz Garten.

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