Austin Public Library Branches Reopening

Austin Public Library branches are reopening this summer! Ready to roll into summer reading? See below what CapMetro bus route or Pickup zone you can take to get to your branch.

Twelve Austin Public Library branches will be available May 10. All others will open by June 28. The libraries opening next week are: Central, Carver, Hampton Branch, Manchaca, Milwood, North Village, Old Quarry, Ruiz, Spicewood Springs, St. John, Windsor Park and Yarborough.

Here are all APL locations served by CapMetro routes:

NORTH BRANCHES

Little Walnut Creek Branch | 835 W Rundberg Ln | Routes 142, 324, 325
Milwood Branch | 12500 Amherst Dr | Route 142
North Village Branch | 2505 Steck Ave | Routes 3, 324, 803
Yarborough Branch | 2200 Hancock Dr | Routes 3, 803

WEST BRANCH

Spicewood Springs Branch | 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78759 | Route 383

EAST BRANCHES

Carver Branch | 1161 Angelina St | Route 2
Cepeda Branch | 651 Pleasant Valley Rd | Routes 4, 300
University Hills Branch | 4721 Loyola Ln | Routes 20, 337
Willie Mae Kirk | 3101 Oak Springs Dr | Route 2, 135, 350
Windsor Park Branch | 5833 Westminster Dr | Route 337

DOWNTOWN BRANCH

Central Library | 710 W Cesar Chavez | Routes 3, 17, 803

SOUTH BRANCHES

Hampton Branch | 5125 Convict Hill Rd | Routes 111, 333
Manchaca Rd. Branch | 5500 Menchaca Rd | Routes 3, 103, 311
Ruiz Branch | 1600 Grove Blvd | Routes 310, 311, 350
Twin Oaks Branch | 1800 S 5th St | Route 105

Planning to use Pickup? The Northeast ATX zone will get you to University Hills or Windsor Park
branches and the East ATX zone can take you to the Cepeda Branch.

Check out our Trip Planner to help you route your next visit to the Austin Public Library!

Will You Go to Prom with Us?

Pride Prom

Pride Month is here, and the Austin Public Library is jumpstarting it with Pride Prom next Thursday, June 7. It’s gonna be great.

DJ Girlfriend will be there for the dancers, and there’ll be a Drag Makeup Station for anyone wanting to get dolled up. There will also be a Lip Synch for Your Library competition that somehow let’s people pretend to sing Carly Rae Jepsen or Janelle Monae in support of their local library branch? (Sign up for that here, it sounds cool.)

You can also get your picture taken at the traveling photo booth and even register to vote. But, while you’ll be able to glitter-sticker a pronoun button when you walk in, the library respectfully requests that you “Please do not bring loose glitter into the library or wear glitter-showering items.”

Still, all of that will lead into a drag show with M.C. Honey St. Claire and performers Eaton Johnson and Althea Trix, and that’ll be cool too.

The reason you’re reading about it here the Cap Metro Blog though is because there’s no need for you to rent a limo for this prom night. Cap Metro is working with Austin Public Library once again to arrange for park-and-ride services for those going to prom. All you gotta do is park at one of the three library branches listed below, go inside to request your free Local Day Pass, hop on a bus and then get yourself down to the new Central Library. (Which is amazing.)

The event launches the library’s 2018 Summer Reading Program for adults and will be held in the new library’s 1st floor Special Events Center.

YOU MUST REGISTER FOR YOUR FREE RIDE AT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

Recycled Reads | 5335 Burnet Road | Routes 3, 803

Pleasant Hill Branch | 211 East William Cannon Drive | Routes 1, 801

Little Walnut Branch | 835 West Rundberg Lane | Routes 1, 801

To plan your trip to Pride Prom (or anywhere else), visit CapMetro.org/planner.

Try Transit to Get to the Central Library Grand Opening!

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Rendering from Austin Public Library

Have you seen the pictures? Have you read about all the featured attractions?

Austin’s about to get a brand new Central Library and it looks fantastic. It’s gonna have a million things on offer:

  • Reading porches that overlook Shoal Creek and Lady Bird Lake
  • A central atrium
  • A rooftop garden
  • Something called a Tech Petting Zoo
  • A “37-foot-tall kinetic sculpture that resembles a cuckoo clock with a swinging pendulum”!
  • Also, it’s got books. Literal stacks on stacks of books.

I mean … it sounds great, right?

And you’ll be able to see it for the first time on Saturday, Oct. 28 at the grand opening. That is, if you can get down there. You know, with the traffic and the parking and the headaches. That’s where Cap Metro comes in.

We’re providing free Park & Ride services from 5 Austin Public Library locations for the grand opening, giving you the chance to avoid the hassle and fees that come with trying to get (and park) downtown. From noon to 5 p.m., you can park at any of the 5 library locations listed below, go inside to request your free Local Day Pass and then hop on the bus downtown. Cap Metro staff will be down there to help guide you to the new Central Library.

YOU MUST REGISTER FOR YOUR FREE RIDE AT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

  1. Carver Branch | 1161 Angelina Street | Routes 2, 6
  2. Little Walnut Creek Branch | 835 West Rundberg Lane | Routes 1, 801
  3. Pleasant Hill Branch | 211 East William Cannon Drive | Routes 1, 801
  4. Recycled Reads Bookstore | 5335 Burnet Road | Routes 3, 803
  5. Ruiz Branch | 1600 Grove Boulevard | Route 20

To plan your trip to the grand opening (or anywhere else), visit capmetro.org/planner.