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Sun 10am - 6pm
Mon 12pm - 8pm
Tue 10am - 6pm
Wed 12pm - 8pm
Thu 10am - 6pm
Fri 10am - 6pm
Sat 10am - 6pm

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Bazan Library
2200 W Commerce St
San Antonio, TX 78207
 210.207.9160

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Jimmy Jimenez 

Jimmy Jimenez 
Library Manager

Bazan Library

Isabel G. Bazan Branch Library

News & Announcements

San Antonio Public Library Honors Latinos and Latinas in Public Service to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Late Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez among others will be honored at events and programs featured September 15 – October 15 across the Library system

The San Antonio Public Library will celebrate Latinos and Latinos in public service this year as it honors the diversity and rich cultural heritage of the Alamo City during Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 – October 15.

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At a Glance

Collections & Services

61,956 volumes with an extensive Spanish book collection (adult & juvenile), a small Latino collection and good picture book collection, videos, DVDs, music CDs and audiobooks. 

All Spanish language magazines circulate, including Buen Hogar, Geo Mundo, Ideas, Selecciones del Reader’s Digest.

Community

Inner City neighborhood, just west of downtown, located in City Council District 5 and just west of City Council District 1. The Library serves approximately 60,000+ persons: 95% Hispanic, 1% African-American, 4% Other. Serves schools in the San Antonio Independent School District. The library is in an area west of downtown known as Prospect Hill, which has been the home of many well-known Hispanics deeply rooted in San Antonio history. Is located in Congressional District 35, State Senate District 26, State House District 123, Commissioners Court Precinct 2, Justice of the Peace 2, Constable 2, City Council District 5, San Antonio Independent School District, Alamo Community College District 1, and the School Board of Education 3.

History

Over the years, the Bazan Branch Library has placed a strong emphasis on its role as a formal educational support center and a preschool learning center.

Prior to the Bazan Library, there was the old Prospect Hill Library which was built in 1930. This area, also known as Prospect Hill, which is just west of downtown, is rich in history and has produced many prominent Hispanics. The library's doors closed in 1969, when the Las Palmas Library was opened further west. So it wasn’t until 1977 when the Bazan Library opened that this area once again had a library. The Bazan Library first opened its doors in 1977 in the Mexican American Unity Council (MAUC) Building (next door to its present location). And it was this library that was named after Isabel G. Bazan, a former librarian. This branch remained in the MAUC building until the larger, present facility opened on June 19, 1993. This beautiful building was designed by O’Neill, Conrad, Oppelt Architects. 

Some special features include: a standing seam metal roof, exposed truss work, natural finishes throughout, large north windows, sunken children’s story corner, and a meeting room which can be partitioned into four small rooms. A total of $1.6 million in 1989 library bond issue money was used to construct the new Bazan Branch Library. The funds to build the new branch were authorized in the 1989 bond issue for library expansion, renovations and new branches. 

The Isabel G. Bazan Branch Library stands as a living memorial to Miss Isabel G. Bazan, former Main Library Supervisor. For over 34 years, Miss Bazan brought to the Library leadership, knowledge, and skill in implementing creative programs and ideas. Born in San Antonio, Texas on July 8, 1920, she was the first of six children of Manuel and Carmen Bazan. She attended San Fernando Cathedral High School and received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in 1942. It was also at Our Lady of the Lake that Miss Bazan obtained her specialization in library science. 

Miss Bazan began her library career in August, 1942 with the San Antonio Public Library, remaining with the Library until her death on February 7, 1977. She lived in the Prospect Hill area, close to the branch library named in her honor. She is remembered throughout Texas as a librarian, but in her home neighborhood, she is remembered not only as a librarian but as a teacher of the English and Spanish languages, a dedicated church worker, and a willing helper to all in the community. 

Square footage of the building:12,000 square feet

Directions

Via IH 10: Exit Commerce. West on Commerce one mile to Nueces. Library is to the south.

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