Library Tours

Library tours will be offered during the Annual Meeting to showcase a variety of San Antonio area libraries. Transportation will be provided for the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library of St. Mary’s University tour and reception and requires a $15 non-refundable transportation fee. The San Antonio Public Library tour requires the use of public transportation. Advance registration is required for all tours by June 16 and is on a first-come/first-serve basis. Due to limited availability, please sign up for only one tour. Tours are subject to cancellation if there is insufficient registration. Tours will begin at the AALL Hospitality Desk in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and will leave promptly at the time shown.

Sarita Kenedy East Law Library - St. Mary's University School of Law  - FULL
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library - Alamo Plaza - FULL
San Antonio Public Library, Central Library - Downtown - FULL

Virtual Tour: Bexar County’s BiblioTech – The Nation’s First All-Digital Public Library
(no tour registration required)

Sarita Kenedy East Law Library - St. Mary's University School of Law - FULL
Tuesday, July 15 • 9:00-11:00 a.m.

* St. Mary's will also host a reception in the library

The Sarita Kenedy East Law Library serves the St. Mary’s University School of Law, which is part of the oldest Catholic university in the Southwest, and is the largest legal resource center in South Texas. The library is dedicated to Sarita Kenedy East, a South Texas philanthropist and heir to the vast 400,000 acre La Parra Ranch, located in what is now Kenedy County. Born in 1889, Sarita Kenedy East was a revolutionary woman who served as a county commissioner and sat on the board of directors for the Alice National Bank. The library was graciously donated by the memorial foundation she founded in honor of her parents in 1982 and is a federal depository. It is fortunate to have a diverse collection of print, microfilm, and multimedia resources, as well as multiple study and conference areas. The library is also home to the law review offices of the St. Mary's Law Journal and The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Race and Social Justice.

Transportation: Transportation will be provided, there will be a $15 non-refundable transit fee to cover round trip transportation. 
Maximum number of participants: 19 (This tour has reached capacity.)

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library - Alamo Plaza
Monday, July 14 • 10:15-11:45 a.m. - FULL or
Monday, July 14 • 2:30-3:45 p.m.

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library is a part of the Alamo complex is supported and is maintained by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas for the use of all researchers. The founders of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas felt a strong need to encourage the study of Texas History and, in 1893, stipulated this in their charter. This goal wasn't realized until Dr. William Eager Howard graciously donated his private library to start the collection in 1943. Mrs. John King Beretta helped to finance the construction of the current library building, which quickly required expansion to house the growing collection. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library remains dedicated to advancing the understanding of the unique history of the Alamo, Texas, and of the lives of those who experienced it. The library is home to 450 collections of personal and family papers and organizational records dating from 1519, 40,000 photographic images recording the history of the Alamo, San Antonio, and the people of Texas, approximately 1,000 pieces of graphic art, paintings, and decorative art, more than 1,000 maps, and many other historical items.

Transportation: Participants will walk roughly 15 minutes each way with an escort.
Maximum number of participants: 19 (for each tour) (Both tours have reached capacity.)

San Antonio Public Library, Central Library - Downtown - FULL
Monday, July 14 • 1:00-3:00 p.m.

The initial funding to create a public library in San Antonio came from Andrew Carnegie in 1903. The current Central Library building was designed by internationally-famous Mexican architect, Ricardo Legorreta in 1995 with the intent of making it an inviting and open space for all who visit. The exterior color of the Central Library is known as “enchilada red” because of its similarity to the color of enchilada sauce that is popular in Tex-Mex food. The newest tech space, Connect at Central, is equipped with 80 public desktop computers, and 15 laptops and 20 Google Nexus 7 tablets available for checkout. Additionally, the space includes a public training area, technology test drive, and the first Overdrive Media Station in the country.

There are currently nine art installations at the Central Library, including sculptures by Dale Chihuly and Fernando Botero. In 2013, the library opened a newly-designed reading space as a result of being named the Library of Record for the Southwest School of Art. The Marie Swartz Art Resource Center contains thousands of volumes and resources dedicated to the study of art. Café Commerce, the City’s new business incubator, will open in 2014 on the first floor. This new space will provide small businesses and entrepreneurs a space to work, meet, and engage. One of the most unique features of the central library is the Texana Room. The Texana room is staffed by knowledgeable librarians who help the public learn more about Texas history and research genealogy, including Native American and Hispanic genealogical research. Its collection spans over 300 years and includes microfilms, research computers, and other resources donated by private individuals. Collections in the Texana room the history of San Antonio and Bexar County, as well as the rest of Texas The Central Library has an outdoor plaza—complete with a stage, bench seating, native vegetative landscaping, and power sources for public use.

Transportation: Participants will walk roughly 5 minutes to public transportation.
Fare Information: The fare is $1.20 each way, and exact change is required. Another option is to purchase a VIA Day pass for $4 here. A day pass is valid for all buses.
Maximum number of participants: 19 (This tour has reached capacity.)

Bexar County’s BiblioTech – The Nation’s First All-Digital Public Library
Virtual tour offered through Tuesday afternoon's program exploring the BibioTech experience: The Bookless Law Library: Potential Reality or Flight of Fancy?

BiblioTech is the first all-digital public library of its kind. Through BiblioTech, residents of Bexar County are able to access over 10,000 current titles through e-readers that they can check out to take home or read on the premises. Residents are also be able to use their own e-readers or tablets to access the collection. The library has been expanded to include a kiosk in the central jury room of the Bexar County courthouse which provides access to the library collection on 200 tablets for potential jurors. The mission of BiblioTech is to provide all Bexar County residents the opportunity to access technology and its applications for the purposes of enhancing education and literacy, promoting reading as recreation and equipping residents of our community with necessary tools to thrive as citizens of the 21st century.