Plan Your Research Visit

LBJ Library Reading Room

The Reading Room is currently open for research from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We are closed on weekends and federal holidays. Research is by appointment only and appointment requests must be made at least one week in advance of the date you wish to start your research. Researchers must also conduct a virtual consultation with an archivist before they arrive. To schedule your consultation and appointment please email or call 512-721-0212. 

Before your research visit, we recommend viewing our list of holdings, subject guides, and citation guide.


Appointments are required to research our audiovisual materials (film, video, audio, and photographs). Please call (512) 721-0212 to schedule an appointment well in advance of your trip. You may also email us at Please provide archives staff with details on your research topics. 

What to Expect 

When you arrive, you'll check-in at the admissions desk in the lobby. Please have a government-issued photo ID with you. After check-in, you will be escorted to the Reading Room. You will be able to review boxes of documents at your own pace between the hours of 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. The Reading Room and audiovisual research room are closed on the weekends and on federal holidays.

What to Bring

Laptops and digital cameras are permitted. Please, no flash photography. We encourage researchers to take their own digital photos, but photocopies of documents can also be ordered. Please expect some delay in receiving your copies. A credit card is the approved method of payment. Consult the audiovisual staff for ordering reproductions of all audiovisual materials.

You may bring up to 10 loose pages with you into the Reading Room, but they must be reviewed by staff upon arrival. We provide loose-leaf paper and pencils free of charge.

The following are not permitted in the Reading Room: notebooks, binders, folders, notepads, pens, and scanners. We have lockers in which you can store these and other personal belongings you may have with you.

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