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

Jump to: Admission Prices | Parking & Directions | Group Tours | Rules & Regulations | Accessibility | While You're Here | Misc. Helpful Information for Visitors | Research Visit

Located on a 30-acre site on The University of Texas at Austin campus, the LBJ Presidential Library is one of 14 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

At the library, visitors will experience the life and times of Lyndon B. Johnson, one of our nation's most fascinating presidents, and the era of his administration—the turbulent 1960s.

FEATURES & EXHIBITIONS
Exhibitions incorporate interactive elements with historical and cultural artifacts.

  • Listen to dozens of LBJ's historic White House telephone conversations
  • Step into a replica of the Oval Office
  • Experience the president's decision-making process in interactive displays about the Six-Day War and Vietnam War
  • Discover how legislation signed by LBJ affects you today
  • Peek into Lady Bird Johnson's office and learn about her environmental efforts and White House Years

ARCHIVES & MUSEUM COLLECTION
The library houses more than 45 million pages, an extensive audiovisual collection, including more than 650,000 photos and 5,000 hours of recordings, and approximately 55,000 artifacts donated by the President and Mrs. Johnson, their family, friends, and the American people.

THE STORE AT LBJ
The LBJ museum store offers a selection of books, DVDs, and custom designed souvenirs that reflect the content of the library's permanent exhibition space and the life and career of LBJ. Get your shopping list ready! Visit lbjstore.com for a preview.

Buy Your Ticket Online
Plan Ahead! Advance tickets are now available for purchase online. Note: You may also purchase your ticket in-person at the time of your arrival. Advance tickets are not required prior to your visit.

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Admission Prices

The LBJ Library is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. We are closed for three holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Admission Prices:
- Adults: $10
- Seniors (62 and over) with valid ID: $7
- 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, and staff with valid ID

Note: Beginning Memorial Day and through Labor Day, the library will be offering free admission to active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve and their families. The library is joining the George H.W. Bush Library in College Station, and the George W. Bush Library in Dallas in honoring military families. If you're traveling through Texas this summer, make sure to visit us all! More information.

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 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].



Parking & Directions

Address
2313 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78705

The LBJ Presidential Library is located on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin, just off I-35. View on Google Maps.

Parking

Parking for the LBJ Presidential Library is always free in our designated visitor parking lot #38. Located directly off Red River Street, look for brightly colored library banners at the lot entrance.

LBJ parking lot banners

LBJ Library Parking Lot 38

Please be advised:
1) 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.

2) If you are a UT Austin student, staff, or faculty member with a UT parking permit that is not registered to lot #38, you may be subject to fines if you park in our visitor lot as it is not your designated lot for your permit. The library is not responsible for any citations and related fines as the parking lots are managed by UT Parking and Transportation Services.

Large vehicles
If your vehicle takes up more than one parking space, please contact the Volunteer and Visitor Services Office at [email protected] for a large vehicle parking permit. You may also pick up a permit at the admissions desk in our lobby on the day of your visit.

Buses
We ask that all buses park in the upper southeast corner area of visitor lot #38. Passenger drop off and pick up is by the breezeway curb in lot #38. You must also display a bus parking permit while parked. Please contact the Volunteer and Visitor Services Office at [email protected] for more information.

Bus Parking at LBJ Library

Directions

The LBJ Library is situated on The University of Texas at Austin campus. When you enter through the library's main entrance, you will be starting on the third floor as there are two floors below ground level.

From Parking Lot #38
The library is located west of Sid Richardson Hall, which houses the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Walk through the open breezeway and across the plaza to reach the library.

A view of the breezeway from lot 38

From UT Austin Campus
From campus, the library is located east of Robert Dedman Drive and south of E. Dean Keeton Street. The building is behind the LBJ School of Public Affairs to the west.

A view of the library from UT Austin campus

From I-35

  • From northbound I-35, just past the 15th Street exit, move to either of the left 2 lanes to take the lower deck.
  • From southbound I-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 at Austin 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.


Group Tours

To make a tour reservation for a group of 15 or more, please complete this online form. Groups smaller than 15 are welcome to visit without reservations. Please note: Reservations are filled in the order in which they are received. Our Visitor Services department will contact you shortly after you make your reservation for a final confirmation. 

Before making any reservations, we highly suggest reading through the information below.

Student Groups

As of March 13, 2018: We have received a high volume of tour requests for the spring and are completely booked for the months of March-May. We have self-guided tours on a space-available basis for June-August.

We highly suggest planning ahead for the upcoming school year and reserving your guided or self-guided tour request as soon as possible. Thank you for understanding.

  • Type of tours and availability: School groups may choose a self-guided or guided tour. Either is available free of charge to school groups, including students and staff, on weekdays with advance reservations. Guided tours are only available September through May.
  • Group size: Due to limited space in our exhibitions and time restraints, tours cannot be provided to groups smaller than 15 or larger than 60 (this includes 60 students plus chaperones) at a time.
  • When to reserve: If you would like a guided tour, we ask that you make your reservation at least six weeks in advance. If you would like a self-guided tour, we ask that you make your reservation at least three weeks in advance. We are unable to accommodate tour reservations outside of those advance notices.
  • Start times and tour lengths: Start times for tours must be between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. School tours generally last 90 minutes.
  • Student supervision: One adult, 18 or older, is required per 8 students.
  • Groups should review our Group Visit Packet prior to arriving at the Library.

Bus scholarships. Made possible through the generous support of our Amplify Austin donors, we are also now offering bus scholarships to economically disadvantaged Pre-K-12 grade schools through the 2018 school year. Transportation costs up to $250 will be reimbursed. Apply today!

For more information about additional programs available for middle and high school students, as well as college/university groups, please visit our Education page.

Adult Groups

  • Type of tours and availability: We do not offer guided tours to adult groups as our exhibitions lend themselves well to self-guided tours for adults.
  • Group size: Due to limited space in our exhibitions and time restraints, tours cannot be provided to groups smaller than 15 or larger than 60 at a time. 
  • When to reserve: For a self-guided tour, we ask that you make your reservation at least three weeks in advance. We are unable to accommodate tour reservations outside of a three-week advance notice.
  • Cost: Special group rates of $7 per adult and $5 per senior are available with your advance reservation.

Questions?
Please contact our Volunteer and Visitor Services Office at [email protected] or (512) 721-0184.



Rules & Regulations

The library is a federal facility as it is part of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). To protect its holdings, staff, and buildings, NARA facilities abide by these measures:

Before Entering the Library

  • Firearms and other dangerous weapons are prohibited in the building. 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.
  • If requested, all persons entering must provide valid photographic identification.
  • We do not allow food, drink, or smoking in the building.
  • All persons entering or leaving this building are subject to an inspection of their person & property.

Source for the above policies: Code of Federal Regulations, 36 CFR § 1280

Inside the Library

  • Photography is allowed, without a flash, unless otherwise noted.
  • Video is allowed, without additional lighting.
  • No selfie sticks are allowed in the building.
  • There is no coat check or luggage storage available at the library. If space is available, visitors, at their discretion, may ask the staff at the admissions desk to keep their luggage while they are visiting. Bags are subject to search by security. The LBJ Library is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.


Accessibility

The LBJ Presidential Library welcomes visitors from all over the world. We are committed to providing a quality experience for all.

Getting to the Library
Accessible parking spaces are available in visitor lot #38, located directly off Red River Street, with access available to a wheelchair ramp.

From the parking lot, it is approximately 250 feet across the plaza to the building entrance.

If you're coming from campus and on the Robert Dedman Drive side of the library, there are two accessible routes. You may take the path north of the library, in front of the Thompson Center, and circle south around the library and to the building entrance.

The second option is to take the path located in between the library and fountain and go through the LBJ Auditorium entrance. An elevator is available, located at the end of the hallway next to the Wasserman Media Center, which will take you to the plaza level of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. From there, go west across the plaza to the library's building entrance.

Inside the Library
Service animals on a leash and under their owner's control are welcome inside the library.

Wheelchairs are available at the admissions desk free of charge. Motorized wheelchairs are permitted.

Wheelchair-accessible restrooms, each situated next to a water fountain, are located on the second and tenth floors.

Elevators are located in our central lobby and make every exhibition easily accessible.

Lightweight, portable gallery stools are located outside of the elevators on the third and fourth floors. There are also designated seating areas throughout the exhibition spaces on the third, fourth, and tenth floors.

Video presentations are closed-captioned.

For exhibitions with audio and no video, description booklets are available at the admissions desk.

Our interactive tables, located within the exhibitions, feature certain enhancements such as adjusted screen positions and high contrast colors.

Need additional assistance? With at least two weeks notice, American Sign Language interpreters can be made available. With at least one week notice, a tour docent can be made available to escort visitors who are blind or have low vision. For more information, please contact us at [email protected].



While You're Here

We recommend visiting the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau for excellent resources about Austin-area attractions.

Places to Eat Around the Library
We do not have eating facilities at the library as no food or drinks are allowed inside. The nearest food and beverage facilities are located on the UT Austin campus.

Under the Oaks Café
At the Thompson Conference Center
Located north of the library

O’s Campus Cafe
At the LBJ School of Public Affairs
Located east of the library

Red McCombs Red Zone Food Court
Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium
Located at 23rd Street and San Jacinto Boulevard

Accommodations
Overnight accommodations are within walking distance of the library. For recommendations, please visit the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau.

LBJ-Related Attractions
There are a number of other LBJ-related sights within a drivable distance of the museum.



Misc. 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.

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 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.



Research Visit

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.

Admission Prices

The LBJ Library is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. We are closed for three holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Admission Prices:

- Adults: $10
- Seniors (62 and over) with valid ID: $7
- 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, and staff 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 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].

Location & Parking

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.

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.

LBJ Presidential Library

Group Tours

Before making any reservations, please read the information below.

Student Groups
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.

Bus scholarships. Made possible through the generous support of our Amplify Austin donors, we are also now offering bus scholarships to economically disadvantaged Pre-K-12 grade schools through the 2018 school year. Transportation costs up to $250 will be reimbursed. Apply today!

Adult Groups
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.

All Groups
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.

Rules and Regulations

The United States National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) protects its holdings, staff, and buildings by these measures:

Before Entering the Library

  • Firearms and other dangerous weapons are prohibited in the building. 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.
  • If requested, all persons entering must provide valid photographic identification.
  • We do not allow food, drink, or smoking in the building.
  • All persons entering or leaving this building are subject to an inspection of their person & property.

Source for the above policies: Code of Federal Regulations, 36 CFR § 1280

Inside the Library

  • Photography is allowed, without a flash, unless otherwise noted.
  • Video is allowed, without additional lighting.
  • No selfie sticks are allowed in the building.

While You're In Town

We recommend visiting the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau for excellent resources about Austin-area attractions.

Places to Eat Around the Library
We do not have eating facilities at the library as no food or drinks are allowed inside. The nearest food and beverage facilities are located on the UT Austin campus.

Under the Oaks Café
At the Thompson Conference Center
Located north of the library

O’s Campus Cafe
At the LBJ School of Public Affairs
Located east of the library

Red McCombs Red Zone Food Court
Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium
Located at 23rd Street and San Jacinto Boulevard

Accommodations
Overnight accommodations are within walking distance of the library. For recommendations, please visit the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau.

LBJ-Related Attractions
There are a number of other LBJ-related sights within a drivable distance of the museum.

Misc 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.

Accessibility

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

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.

Research Visit

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
(512) 721-0200


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
Appointment recommended
Closed on federal holidays