President Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson at the LBJ Library. [LBJ Library photo by Frank Wolfe #D4076-18]

President Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson at the LBJ Library. [LBJ Library photo by Frank Wolfe #D4076-18]

Plan Your Visit

The LBJ Presidential Library is one of thirteen 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 It houses 45 million pages of historical documents which include the papers from the entire public career of Lyndon Baines Johnson and those of his close associates.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 new core exhibit. 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
• The ability to join the conversation through social media as visitors tour exhibits      
• An interactive look at how legislation passed under LBJ affects visitors today

Groups are welcome to tour the exhibits during regular hours. Information about scheduling a guided tour for large groups is provided below.

Audio tour guides are available to rent in the store for $3.00. You can also download the tour guide app to your iPhone for $.99 and receive automatic updates from the LBJ Presidential Library. You may use your own earbuds or buy them in the store for $1.50. The LBJ Presidential Library and store are open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We look forward to your visit!

Helpful Information for Visitors

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. If you're traveling to Austin from out of town, please visit The Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau website, which provides excellent resources and information for planning your trip to Austin, including flights, hotels, rental cars, and other attractions in the Austin area.

Transportation

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 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 campus.

Accommodations

Overnight accommodations are within walking distance of the Library. In addition, several national chains have hotels or motels which are short drives from the Library. A list of nearby hotels is available upon request. 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

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. Lot 38 will be closed to the public on April 8-10 during the Civil Rights Summit. Please see the Summit website for alternative parking options.

Map and Directions

The LBJ Presidential Library is located on the campus of The University of Texas, just off Interstate 35. Directions from Interstate 35:

  • From north-bound IH-35, just past the 15th Street exit, move to either of the left 2 lanes to take the lower deck.
  • From south-bound 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.

Admission Prices

The LBJ Library offers visitors a rich cultural and historical destination. Since its opening, it has been the only one of the thirteen Presidential libraries that has not charged admission. To sustain this vibrant, evolving institution, the LBJ Library will begin charging admission for the first time in its history on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013. This decision was made after thoughtful consideration by the LBJ Foundation Board and has the support of the Johnson family. Join the Friends of the LBJ Library or LBJ Future Forum as a supporting member of the LBJ Presidential Library and enjoy free admission throughout the year.

Admission Prices:
- Adults: $8
- Seniors (62 and over) with valid ID: $5
- Retired military with valid ID: $5
- Children 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
- Student groups (including school staff and 1 chaperone per 10 students) with reservations
- UT students, faculty, staff, and administrators with valid ID
- Members of other Presidential Libraries

To ensure that President Johnson's wish for the Library to "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 27th (LBJ's birthday)
- Veterans Day
- Austin Museum Day

The LBJ Library is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Group Tours

Guided tours are available free of charge on weekdays to school groups with reservations. Guided tours generally last 90 minutes and cannot be provided to groups smaller than 10 or larger than 60 students at a time.  Groups should review our Group Visit Packet prior to arrival at the Library.

Our exhibits lend themselves well to self-guided tours for adults. Guided tours for non-school groups may be available to groups larger than 10 people by special arrangement. A special group rate of $5 per person is available to groups of 10 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. Due to limited space in the exhibit areas and time restraints, we are not able to accommodate guided tour reservations made less than two weeks before your visit.

Please contact our Visitor Services Coordinator at Laura.Eggert@nara.gov or (512) 721-0184 with any questions.

For more information on additional programs available to middle and high school students, as well as to adult groups, please review our Education page.

Information for Researchers


The LBJ Presidential Library was established to preserve, and make available for research, the papers and memorabilia of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. In addition, the Library actively collects the papers of Johnson's contemporaries and conducted an oral history program designed to supplement the written record.

Researchers planning a visit should notify the Supervisory Archivist Claudia Anderson of their research topics and travel plans as far in advance as possible. Prospective researchers are strongly encouraged to contact the Library in advance of their visit for information about materials available on their topics. A list of Austin accommodations is available from Mrs. Anderson as well as from the LBJ Foundation (info@lbjfoundation.org).

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. Copies of the Library's list of holdings and guides to specific topics are available upon request and are available, in part, on our web site.

Researchers should also read the Research page for important library policies and procedures.

Reading Room Hours

The Reading Room is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. On April 8 and 9, the Reading Room will close at 4 p.m. It will be closed all day on April 10.

An appointment is recommended.

Though the museum is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day, the Reading Room at the LBJ Presidential Library is always closed on weekends and federal holidays.


Library & Museum Information

Library & Museum Information
The LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River St.
Austin TX 78705
(512) 721-0200
Johnson.Library@nara.gov

Library & Museum Hours
9:00 a.m. -  5:00 p.m. every day
Except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
Free Parking

Research Room Hours

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Appointment recommended
Closed on federal holidays