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Library and Archives


Our mission is to collect, preserve, organize, and make accessible materials that document the history of San Antonio and South Central Texas with an emphasis on historic buildings, objects, places, and customs. The library is open to the public, as well as to the members and staff of the Conservation Society.


Library Reopens June 4, 2024

The library reopens the first week of June at its new location in the Courand House at 1146 S. Alamo. Appointments are still required in advance and can be made starting Tuesday, June 4th, by contacting librarian Beth Standifird at 210-224-6163 or

Items in many of the most frequently used collections, such as clippings files, city directories on microfilm, scanned Sanborn Maps, and photographs, are accessible. Our book collection is still being unpacked. However, books with call numbers starting in the 725s (public structures) through the 970s, which includes San Antonio and regional history, are on the shelves.

Thank you for your patience as we continue working to make the full extent of our resources available again.

Explore the Online Catalog

Explore Historic Site Surveys

Watch Texas Civil Rights Videos

1146 S. Alamo Street
San Antonio, Texas 78210
Telephone (210) 224-6163
FAX (210) 224-6168
Beth Standifird, Research Librarian


Hours – By Appointment Only

Monday – Thursday, 9:30 AM to noon and 1:00 to 3:30 PM.
Closed major holidays.

Parking & Access

Free parking is available on the grounds.  Enter from Adams Street.

The library is in the basement of the Courand House and is only accessible by stairs.  ADA accommodations will be available on the first floor, as needed.

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