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 It houses 45 million pages of historical documents which include the papers from the entire public career of Lyndon Baines Johnson and those of his close associates.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 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 is open every day except Christmas from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We look forward to your visit!
Map and Directions
The LBJ Presidential Library welcomes guests from all over the world. Elevators in our central lobby make every exhibit easily accessible. Closed-captioned video presentations provide text in English and Spanish.
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.
Gain a sense of Austin's unique culture thorough this video, filmed in the streets of the Live Music Capital of the World©.
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 itself is called the #100 Airport Flyer. It runs approximately every 30 minutes.
The Campus Loop Shuttle provides limited service between the library and The University of Texas campus.
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 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 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.
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 soon charge admission for the first time in its history. 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.
The LBJ Library is currently asking visitors to donate the suggested price of admission ($8 adults, $5 seniors, $3 children 13-17). We appreciate your patience as we make this transition.
Free admission to:
- Children 12 and under
- Active Military
- Members of Friends of the LBJ Library and Future Forum membership groups
- Student groups (including teachers and chaperones) with reservations
- UT students, faculty, staff, and administrators with valid ID
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
Guided tours are available free of charge on weekdays to school groups with reservations. Tours generally last ninety minutes and cannot be provided to groups smaller than 10 or larger than 60 students at a time. Please review our Education page for more information on additional programs available to middle and high school students.
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. Our Education page offers information about additional hands-on programs available to adult groups.
To make a tour reservation (guided or self-guided), please complete this online form, and our Visitor Services Coordinator 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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.
Research Room Hours
The Research Room is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
An appointment is recommended.
Though the museum is open every day except Christmas (December 25), the Reading Room at the LBJ Presidential Library is closed on weekends and federal holidays.
2013 Federal Holidays
The Research Room is closed on the following federal holidays:
Tuesday, January 1: New Year's Day
Monday, January 21: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, February 18: Washington's Birthday
Monday, May 27: Memorial Day
Thursday, July 4: Independence Day
Monday, September 2: Labor Day
Monday, October 14: Columbus Day
Monday, November 11: Veterans' Day
Thursday, November 28: Thanksgiving Day
Wednesday, December 25: Christmas Day
The Store at LBJ
The Store at LBJ features a new and unique mix of Presidential memorabilia, jewelry, apparel, books and videos, and a large selection of gifts. It is open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. seven days a week throughout the year except on Christmas Day.
Library & Museum Information
Library & Museum Information
The LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River St.
Austin TX 78705
Library & Museum Hours
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Every day except Christmas
Research Room Hours
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Closed on federal holidays