Collections on the Move! Summer Changes Coming to TSLAC Reading Rooms

Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Austin, TX

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UPDATE: The renovations related to this transition will begin Tuesday, August 6, starting at 12:00 noon. All Reading Room services be available in the Archives Reading Room until work is complete, which we expect by next Monday, August 12.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is pleased to announce an exciting transition coming to the Reference and Genealogy public service areas in the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building. Frequently accessed materials such as Texas vital statistic indexes and city directories from the Genealogy and Family History collection will be relocated to the Reference Reading Room.

Key changes include:

  • Ready Reference shelving will be relocated to the current microfilm computer area to make room for additional research tables, and microfilm stations will be moved to a central location in the reading room.
  • The updated space will include a refreshed Reference Collection, expanded display area for featured and new books, as well as periodicals.
  • The second floor will be enclosed to create a new public events and educational programming venue.

According to TSLAC Director and State Librarian, Mark Smith, “This change allows us to increase the visibility of our collections and concentrate our staff to work more closely with researchers.” Smith adds, “We are also pleased to be able to dedicate space for public programming and enhance our slate of educational activities.”

Updates will be posted here, as well as on the Out of the Stacks blog. Thank you for your patience as we work to improve services for our patrons.

Questions about our collections or conducting research during the transition? Contact Archives and Information Services at:

Inquiries about improvements at the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Building may be addressed to:

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Susan Floyd
Communications Officer
Page last modified: August 6, 2019