Welcome to our Library's Online Catalog!

Our library contains a variety of materials documenting the history of San Antonio and South Central Texas. Although our collections include architectural drawings, archives, books, clippings files, maps, oral histories, and photographs, this catalog is a work in progress and does not yet contain the library's complete holdings.

You can search for architectural drawings, books, and maps by using the Libraries button. Click here to browse our file indexes. Be sure to visit or contact the library, if you can't find what you're looking for online.

Want a Copy from the Digital Collections?

It's easy to request image reproductions, just click on a thumbnail image and then on the 'Request Image" link at the lower right of the new window. If you are requesting an image for use in publication, or some other form of public display, please also submit a Permission for Use Form. Please see our Services page for our use policy and price list. Please note: We do charge to provide digital copies of our photo images.

Tips for Searching

Keyword Search

The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Alamo Plaza will return records associated with Alamo OR Plaza). If you want to find records where both keywords are found, type in AND between the two words. To search for a specific phrase, be sure to put the phrase within quotes (e.g. "Mission San Jose"). You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for histor* would come up with records containing history, histories, historical, etc.). Searches are not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

The Advanced Search button can help you be more specific with your search. You can search for a word or phrase within a particular search category or use multiple categories to further narrow down your search results. For example, searching White in the People field will bring up any records associated with a member of the White family, without having to sift through black & white photographs. You can also search People and Creator records through Advanced Search. Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are available in Advanced Search.

Random Images

The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.

Catalog Searches (Archives / Photos / Libraries / Objects)

The catalog buttons can also help narrow down your search, by only searching with a selected catalog. If you only want to search for Photos, click the Photos button and type in your keyword(s) or phrase. You can also browse records within that catalog without performing a search. Phrase searching, wildcards (*) as well as AND/OR statements are available when performing catalog searches.