Sam Houston Center to Temporarily Close for Renovations

Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Austin, TX

Liberty, TX – To better preserve the historical records and artifacts housed at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission is upgrading the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system at the agency’s facility in Liberty. The installation will require the Center to close from Tuesday, Feb. 7, through Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023.

The new HVAC system will provide the ideal temperature and humidity controls to protect the 12,000 cubic feet of Southeast Texas history made available through the Sam Houston Center’s museum, research library and historic buildings. The Center’s collection includes local government records, manuscripts, fine art prints and photographs, blueprints and maps, newspapers, books and journals, three-dimensional artifacts, audio-visual materials and microfilm. 

Limited reference services will be available during the closure via email to or by leaving a voicemail message at (936) 336-8821.  

The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center is a component of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission's Archives and Information Services Division and serves as the official regional historical resource depository for the 10 southeast Texas counties of Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto and Tyler. The Center's primary mission is to collect, preserve and provide access to historically significant state and local government records and publications of the designated region and secondarily to serve as a library of Texana and genealogical resources. Through its collections, historic buildings, and educational exhibits and initiatives, it also honors the distinguished public service of former governors, organizations and citizens of the Atascosito District.

For more information, please call (936) 336-8821 or visit


The Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides Texans access to the information needed to be informed, productive citizens by preserving the archival record of Texas; enhancing the service capacity of public, academic and school libraries; assisting public agencies in the maintenance of their records; and meeting the reading needs of Texans with disabilities. For more information, visit

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Susan Floyd
Communications Officer
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