Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Public Services and Operations
- Beginning November 1, public service hours are 9am-4pm Monday through Friday for the Archives and Reference reading rooms in Austin.
• Advance appointments for use of archival materials in the Archives are encouraged. Walk-ins will be accommodated if space and materials are available.
• Library materials and public computers with internet access are available in the Reference reading room. Appointments are not necessary.
- Research on-site: Library materials and public computers with internet access are available in the Reference reading room. Appointments are not necessary. Individuals who wish to conduct on-site archival research are encouraged to set an appointment in advance, so that our staff can ensure the requested research materials are available for your visit. For more information: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/arc/visit.html.
- For the Texas State Library and Archives in Austin, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-463-5455.
- For the Sam Houston Research Center in Liberty, email email@example.com or call 936-336-8821.
- Individuals who wish to conduct research in either library or archival materials at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center in Liberty are encouraged to set an appointment in advance
- Call or email with research questions: Individuals may contact our reference archivists and librarians by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 512-463-5455. For Liberty, use email@example.com or 936-336-8821.
- Access research materials online: The public is welcome to use our online resources and the Texas Digital Archive, enjoy our online exhibits, and conduct research. See: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/collections.
State and local agencies using our records storage and imaging services may contact us at 512-463-7610 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. SRC customers may access accounts via TexLinx. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For information on training, consulting services, and questions, please contact Records Management Assistance (RMA) unit by calling 512-463-7610 or emailing to email@example.com. Our RMA unit supports state agencies and local government entities with records management activities including the development of records retention schedules.
- The Talking Book Program’s call center may be reached at 1-800-252-9605 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please leave a detailed message and staff will call you back.
- For additional information about Talking Book operations including information on applying for the Talking Book service, please see our About page.
- TBP patrons may self-serve using BARD, the NLS Braille and audiobook download service. Through BARD, you can get all the books you want without receiving physical items in the mail and listen to them on your digital machine reader or other approved device. Please contact us at email@example.com if you would like to register.
- General information on COVID-19 resources including disability-related information, mental health resources, personal emergency response systems, and virtual resources can also be found on the Disability Information & Referral Center (DIRC) resource page.
The Library Development and Networking Division offers training and consulting services for Texas libraries. See: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ldn for additional details. Librarians may also access a special COVID response site.
- TexShare educational databases with thousands of journals and magazines may be accessed online through your local public library. Visit your local public library’s website to learn more. If you need to find your local public library, visit https://www.tsl.texas.gov/texshare/libsearch/.
- The TexShare Card Program is available through participating local libraries. The public is strongly encouraged to call their local library before traveling to the library, as times, access, and procedures should be verified independently.
PHYSICAL ACCESS TO OUR FACILITIES
Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building, 1201 Brazos Street, Austin, 78701
- Public access to research room – by appointment only
- Lobby exhibit – open to the public
- Deliveries – Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the back loading dock only
State Records Center, 4400 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin, TX 78756:
- Deliveries – Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (normal business hours)
Promontory Point Records Storage Annex, 4044 Promontory Point, Austin, TX 78744:
- Deliveries – (Beginning April 27) Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (normal business hours)
Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, 650 FM 1011, Liberty, TX 77575:
- Public access to research room – by appointment only
- Museum – open to the public
- Deliveries – Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
COMMISSION SAFETY PROCEDURES
- To promote public health and safety, we remind the public that anyone who is not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 is safest by continuing to wear a facial covering. If you do not have one, we can provide one.
- If wearing a facial covering, it should fully and securely cover the nose and mouth and should not be removed.
- Appropriate social distancing is required.
- Good hygiene practices are recommended.
- Materials circulated through the Talking Book Program are quarantined for 72 hours and cleaned.
- Disinfecting stations are located throughout our facilities.
COVID-19 Resource Pages
- Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) COVID-19 Updates: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/