Plan Your Visit
The LBJ Presidential Library is one of fourteen presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. It houses 45 million pages of historical documents, which include the papers from the entire public career of Lyndon Baines Johnson and those of his close associates. President Johnson insisted that the library that bears his name tell future generations the story of this rich period of history "with the bark off."
You're invited to experience our core exhibits. Features include:
• Unprecedented access to private telephone conversations of the president
• An interactive Vietnam War exhibit where visitors experience elements of the president’s decision-making process
• An interactive look at how legislation passed under President Johnson affects us all today
Groups are welcome to tour the exhibits during regular hours. Information about scheduling a guided or self-guided tour for large groups is provided below.
The United States National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) protects its holdings, staff and buildings by these measures: all persons entering must provide valid photographic identification, if requested. All persons entering or leaving this building are subject to an inspection of their person & property.
Smoking is prohibited in this building.
Firearms or other dangerous weapons are prohibited.
It is a violation of federal law and punishment by fine and/or imprisonment to knowingly possess, cause or attempt to introduce them in a federal facility.
Electronic and physical surveillance is used in the building.
Source for the above policies: Code of Federal Regulations, 36 CFR § 1280
Helpful Information for Visitors
If you're traveling to Austin, we recommend visiting the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau for excellent resources and information to help plan your trip, including flights, hotels, rental cars, and other attractions in the Austin area.
The LBJ Presidential Library welcomes guests from all over the world. Elevators in our central lobby make every exhibit easily accessible. Video presentations are closed-captioned for the hearing impaired. Wheelchairs are available at our front desk. Gallery seats are also located outside of the elevators on the third and fourth floors.
Transportation to the LBJ Presidential Library is available from the airport by bus, taxi or shuttle. Information regarding the Super Shuttle is available here or by calling local reservations at (512) 258-3826, or out of area reservations at (800) 258-3826. Some hotels provide a shuttle if requested in advance.
Capitol Metro (public transportation in Austin) provides limited service between UT and the downtown area and airport. One of the stops is at San Jacinto Street and 26th Street, near the LBJ Library. Route and schedule information can be found here. The bus is called the #100 Airport Flyer. It runs approximately every 30 minutes.
The Forty Acres bus line provides limited service between the library and The University of Texas at Austin campus.
Overnight accommodations are within walking distance of the library. (Download a list of nearby hotels.) Several restaurants are a short drive away from the library, and snacks and meals are available on weekdays at the Joe C. Thompson Conference Center cafeteria behind the library, or at O's Café in the LBJ School lobby next door.
Parking for the LBJ Presidential Library is always free in the designated parking lot 38. Lot 38 features an entrance flanked by brightly colored LBJ Library banners. Please note that there are several University of Texas permit-only parking lots next to our guest parking, and parking in those permit-only lots may result in fines.
Map and Directions
The LBJ Presidential Library is located at 2313 Red River St., and on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin, just off Interstate 35. Directions from Interstate 35:
- From northbound IH-35, just past the 15th Street exit, move to either of the left 2 lanes to take the lower deck.
- From southbound IH-35, just past the 51st Street exit, move to either of the left 2 lanes to take the lower deck.
- Take the Manor Road Exit (exit 235B).
- Go west on Manor Road towards The University of Texas campus.
- At the first light, Red River, turn right (north).
- At the bottom of the hill, turn left into the LBJ Visitors' Parking lot—Lot 38. The entrance is flanked by banners for the library. Parking in adjacent UT-permit-only parking lots may result in fines.
- The LBJ Library is located on the other side of Sid Richardson Hall, which houses the LBJ School of Public Affairs; walk through the open breezeway to reach the LBJ Plaza and the Library.
The LBJ Library is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
- Adults: $8
- Seniors (62 and over) with valid ID: $5
- Former military with valid ID: $5
- Youth 13-17: $3
- College students with valid ID: $3
Free admission to:
- Children 12 and under
- Active duty military
- Members of Friends of the LBJ Library and Future Forum membership groups
- Members of other NARA Presidential Libraries
- Student groups (including school staff) with reservations
- The University of Texas at Austin students, faculty, staff, and administrators with valid ID
To ensure President Johnson's wish that the Library be available to all, we offer free admission to the public on several days throughout the year.
Free admission days:
- Martin Luther King Day
- Presidents Day
- Explore UT
- Memorial Day
- The Fourth of July
- August 27 (LBJ's birthday)
- Veterans Day
- Austin Museum Day
If you have questions about individual tickets and or about groups of 14 or less, please contact us at [email protected].
For questions about groups of 15 or more or about school tours, please contact [email protected].
Please note: Guided tours are not available June 1-Aug. 31, 2017.
Before making any reservations, please read the information below.
Start times for tours must be between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Guided tours are available free of charge to school groups (including students & staff) on weekdays with reservations. One adult is required per 8 students. Guided tours generally last 90 minutes and cannot be provided to groups smaller than 15 or larger than 60 students at a time. These tours are available from September through May. Groups should review our Group Visit Packet prior to arriving at the Library.
Our exhibits lend themselves well to self-guided tours for adults. Guided tours are discouraged for non-school groups.
Special group rates of $7 per adult and $5 per senior are available to groups of 15 or more with reservations.
To make a tour reservation (guided or self-guided), please complete this online form, and our Visitor Services Staff will get in touch with you. Reservations are filled in the order in which they are received. Because of limited space in the exhibit areas and time restraints, we are not able to accommodate guided tour reservations made less than six weeks before your visit. For self-guided tours, we ask for three weeks or more advance notice before your visit.
Please contact our Visitor Services Coordinator at [email protected] or (512) 721-0184 with any questions.
For more information about additional programs available for middle and high school students, as well as adult groups, please review our Education page.
Information for Researchers
If you are planning a research visit to the library, please contact Supervisory Archivist Jennifer Cuddeback with your research topics and travel plans as far in advance as possible. Advance notification allows our archivists to prepare the available materials. Search our list of holdings here.
For more information on our library policies and procedures, visit our Research page.
What to Expect
Upon arriving at the library, each researcher will be briefed by an archivist on Reading Room procedures and relevant holdings. It is preferable to arrange an appointment time with the interviewing archivist prior to arrival.
Reading Room Hours
The Reading Room is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Though the museum is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day, the Reading Room is always closed on weekends and federal holidays.
Library & Museum Information
Library & Museum Information
LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78705
Library & Museum Hours
9 a.m.- 5 p.m. every day
Except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
Free Parking in Lot #38
Research Room Hours
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Closed on federal holidays