Central Library Field Trips for Kids and Teens: Buses and Parking

How to Get Here

"Finding a good bus driver can be as important as finding a good musician." -- Reba McEntire


Parking Garage

The Central Library Parking Garage has 140 parking spaces. The first hour is free. Fees and other details are found at Central Library ParkingThe Garage has a 7' clearance. If the lot is full try City Hall or use your favorite parking app. 

Street Parking

There is limited metered street parking on nearby streets. City pay stations and the ParkX app accept credit cards, debit cards, and change. See the City of Austin's Parking page for more information.

PDF Map of Downtown Parking Options

Buses - No Parking at the Library

The library does not provide bus parking. There is no bus parking in the downtown area. If teachers are driving the bus or van, they will want to plan for one extra teacher to stay with the group while they go park the vehicle. 

School Buses & Vans


From I-35: Exit West Cesar Chavez and head west. Turn right on West Avenue and right on 2nd Street. 

From Mopac/ Loop 1:  Exit east on West Cesar Chavez. Turn left on West Avenue and right on 2nd Street.



Load and unload on 2nd Street. Buses should be facing east. Pull at or near the yellow banner and the curb cutout. This allows students to enter/exit without crossing the road. For safety reasons, buses may not load/unload at any other location around the Library.


Public Transit

Cap Metro

For the most current information on schedules and fares, please visit Capital Metro Transportation Authority at www.capmetro.org.

Library bus stops

3      803    111

171    980    985

Bus stops within two blocks

 2   4   5   19   103   981 

Call Capital Metro at (512) 474-1200 for additional route guidance.

Biking or Walking

The Central Library connects directly to the Hike and Bike Trail and the Lance Armstrong Bikeway. There are free places to park bikes surrounding the Library. There is also a pedestrian-friendly under-road tunnel that goes beneath César Chávez and is connected to the Hike and Bike Trail. Additionally, there is a ground-level pedestrian crosswalk at César Chávez and West Ave. 

Make sure to check the weather a few days before your visit if you'll be walking, biking, or taking the city bus!

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