Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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The Ransom Center is located at the northeast corner of 21st and Guadalupe Streets on The University of Texas at Austin campus.

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Parking on the University campus is limited.

The University operates several parking garages around the campus. See also information about visitor parking and information about parking for visitors with disabilities.

Non-university parking options include street meters and private surface lots and garages.

Non-university garages include the Bullock Texas State History Museum (beneath the museum; entrance on south side on 18th Street) and Dobie Mall (2005 Whitis Avenue, across the street from the Ransom Center).

Public Transit

The Ransom Center is located in close proximity to a number of bus lines. For complete information on routes and fares, visit Capital Metro or call 512-474-1200.

Alternative Transportation

The Ransom Center is located in close proximity to several bicycle racks as well as stations for Austin B-cycle, a bike-sharing program. For more information about bike use and availability, visit Austin B-cycle.


21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, Texas


Harry Ransom Center
The University of Texas at Austin
300 West 21st Street
Austin, Texas 78712
(Mailing) P.O. Drawer 7219
Austin, Texas 78713-7219

Call Us

Phone: 512-471-8944


Admission is free, but donations are encouraged to support the Ransom Center's exhibitions and public programs.

Exhibition Galleries


10 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
10 a.m.–7 p.m. Thursday
Noon–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday


Noon Daily
6 p.m. Thursday
2 p.m. Saturday
2 p.m. Sunday

Field trip and group tour information

Closure Dates

Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

Library Reading/Viewing Rooms

The Harry Ransom Center's collections are a source of inspiration and discovery available to everyone. Both the Hazel H. Ransom Reading Room and David Douglas Duncan-Cain Foundation Viewing Room are open to the public so that visitors may have access to manuscripts, rare books, and visual materials either for research purposes or personal interest.


9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Saturday
Closed Sundays

Plan Your Visit

Our staff is here to ensure you are able to view the materials you wish to see. Some book and manuscript collections are in remote storage and must be requested at least three days prior to anticipated use. Please contact the Ransom Center well in advance to request offsite materials.

Materials from the Photography, Performing Arts, Film, and Art Collections may not be available on Saturdays, unless previous arrangements have been made to place them on reserve. Because of limited staffing and access restrictions, some materials may not be available due to size, condition, preservation and handling concerns, storage location, or security reasons.

To ensure you are able to view the materials you wish to see, please contact our curatorial staff with any questions about access and availability of collections in order to make the most of your visit.

Closure Dates

The Reading Room is closed on Sundays and will be closed May 27 and July 4.

Austin Visitor Information

The Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau provides information about accommodations and attractions in Austin. Visit the other institutions that are part of Austin's Cultural Campus, a pedestrian-friendly destination of six museums and art centers.

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Please be aware that Ransom Center events may be photographed and/or filmed. Your attendance constitutes your authorization for the Center to use your photograph, voice, or other likeness for purposes related to the mission of the Ransom Center, including but not limited to marketing and promotion in both print and electronic forms.