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Kampmann Library Portal
210 W Market St
San Antonio, TX 78205



Ignacio Albarracin

Ignacio Albarracin
Digital Services Coordinator

Kampmann Library Portal

Caroline B. and John H. Kampmann San Antonio Public Library Portal at the Briscoe Western Art Museum

News & Announcements

23 April 2016

April 23 in San Antonio history…

At today’s meeting of the City Council, Alderman Barker introduced the following resolution, which was adopted (allowing the property donated by Caroline Kampmann to become the site for the new Carnegie Library):
That the deeds of Mrs. Kampmann, together with all papers, abstracts, stipulations and conditions on be referred to the city attorney to report at the next meeting of the city council to determine wherein the conditions of the Kampmann proposition are such as to properly safeguard the city in the future in the peaceable possession of the said property as library site.


At a Glance

Collections & Services

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 iPads filled with historically rich material collected and prepared by the San Antonio Public Library.

We provide free Wi-Fi for personal devices; access to non-circulating books from SAPL's Texana Collection and other collections; Ipad stations with free access to ebooks, databases, and other digital resources; assistance with research related to local and Western history and culture.


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.

Future Plans & Development

The Library Portal is currently involved in several projects to use our space to tell the story of San Antonio and the West. 

  • We are expanding our digital resource collection to include primary, secondary, and original sources about the Briscoe's art and its historical and idealogical origins.
  • We are beginning an oral history project to tell the story of San Antonio, collecting memories from people who helped shape this city.
  • We also partner with the Briscoe for events such as the host events such as the Briscoe Book Club.

Stay tuned for updates on these plans and more!


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. On Tuesdays after 5:00 pm, free parking is available throughout downtown San Antonio at city garages, lots, and meters. For more information visit Downtown Tuesday.

Via Bus Routes


Kampmann Library Portal



Briscoe Book Club