The Caroline B. and John H. Kampmann San Antonio Public Library Portal at the Briscoe Western Art Museum connects community with history by telling stories of the past through digital and print content. Museum visitors can relax in a comfortable living room inspired space to browse books and media collected and prepared by the San Antonio Public Library.
The Carnegie Library opened at 210 West Market Street in 1903 as San Antonio's first public library. The building was badly damaged in the 1921 flood and replaced by the Art-Deco structure that stands today.
Expanding with the city, the Central Library moved to what is now the International Center in 1968 and the building at 210 Market became the eclectic Hertzberg Circus Museum.
In 1995, the Central Library moved to its current location on Soledad—within the “Enchilada Red” artistic structure designed by Ricardo Legoretta. Meanwhile, the Hertzberg closed its doors in 2001.
In 2013, the Briscoe Western Art Museum and San Antonio Public Library Portal opened on 210 W. Market Street.
We provide free WiFi for personal devices; access to non-circulating books from SAPL's collections; iPad stations (upon request) with free access to other digital resources; access to an iMac computer with scanner for public use.
Visit the Central Library at 600 Soledad instead for printing, checkout and return services, and meeting space rentals. At the Kampmann portal, you will find a quiet, cozy spot located inside the Briscoe Museum where you can read about the art and history of San Antonio and the American West.
Parking & Directions
The Kampmann Library Portal at Briscoe Western Art Museum is located in downtown San Antonio along the iconic River Walk at 210 W. Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
The Kampmann Library Portal at Briscoe Western Art Museum is located within walking distance of several paid parking lots, metered spots, and via bus stops. For more information visit Find Parking.
Via Bus Routes
Nearby Routes: 7, 17, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 48, 64
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