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From the moment you walk in, you will feel the Southwest all around you. From the hand-made Saltillo tile floors (look for the paw prints!) to the vibrant art and artifacts in our galleries, we invite you to experience our region’s creative culture.
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  • Exhibition Hours: 
    Mon-Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm
    Sat: 11:00am - 4:30pm
    Sun: 12:00pm - 4:30pm

    Research Hours: 9-4:30 M-F. In response to COVID-19, The Wittliff Collections reading room is open at reduced capacity and by appointment only. Requests from Texas State students and faculty will be prioritized over all others. Remote reference service remains available.


    • Hours Change during holidays, university breaks and interim sessions. Please view our 2022-2023 calendar for all hours.
    • In inclement weather, The Wittliff follows the university’s late start times and/or closures. Check the main page for alerts.  
    • On occasion, The Wittliff closes early for private events.
    • Please call ahead — 512.245.2313 — to confirm the most up-to-date opening hours. 
  • Location

    The Wittliff is located on the seventh floor of the Albert B. Alkek Library on the campus of Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

    Special Assistance

    For assistance, or for mobility impaired/accessible parking, please call The Wittliff at 512.245.2313.


    There are several parking options depending on when you’re visiting:

    Weekday parking, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Please reserve your weekday parking here.
    Limited free parking is available in the Alkek Garage located at the end of Talbot street (see map - you may have to zoom in). The parking attendant will guide you to a spot.

    Weekend parking
    The Alkek Garage is free and open to the public on weekends. If the garage is full, additional parking is available in Woods Garage (see map - you may have to zoom in). Do not park in spaces designated as red permit at all times.

    After you park, follow the signs and walk up the ramp to the Albert B. Alkek Library. The library entrance will be on the left. Take the elevator to the seventh floor.

    Turn-By-Turn Driving Directions

    1. Take I-35 and exit 206 (Aquarena Springs / TX-82 Loop)
    2. Turn West on Aquarena Springs Dr., and take the overpass straight past the stadium. 
    3. At the San Marcos River, stay straight on Aquarena Springs Dr., which then curves left and becomes University Dr.
    4. Get into the right lane, and at the split, follow the road to the right to continue on University Dr.
    5. Turn right onto N. Guadalupe St.
    6. At three-way stop, turn left onto Woods St.
    7. Take the first right onto Talbot St. and proceed one block to the stop sign.
    8. At the stop sign, turn right and proceed approximately 100 ft.
    9. Take a left to enter Alkek Garage. Stay to the right of the guard booth to enter.
    10. Tell the guard at the booth that you’re here to visit The Wittliff. The guard will direct you to one of our reserved spots. (Look for parking spaces with maroon "Alkek and Wittliff Guest" signs.)

    After you park, follow the signs and walk up the long ramp to Alkek Library. The library entrance will be on the left. Take the elevator to the seventh floor.

    Additional Information

    University Parking Services

    If you have questions, University Parking Services are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 512.245.2887.

    Campus Map

    View the campus map for a detailed view of streets, garages, and buildings.

  • If you are interested in a guided tour of The Wittliff Collections, please submit a Wittliff Tour Request Form. Guided tours are free and generally last 1 hour. Groups larger than 25 will be divided to assure everyone can hear the tour guide and fit into each gallery without over-crowding. 

    Please contact our Tour Coordinator, Lyda Guz, at or 512.245.2907 with any questions. 

    For school groups, please read our Visitor Guidelines (K-12) below. 

  • We encourage you to bring young visitors to The Wittliff Collections. If your group is larger than 15 people, please schedule in advance with our Tour Coordinator, by filling out our Wittliff Tour Request Form

    Please go over our Behavior Guidelines with your group before you arrive at The Wittliff. These guidelines will help everyone know what to expect here while keeping people and archives comfortable.

    Keep in mind that as part of a college-level educational institution, we do not censor the work in our exhibitions — some materials may be challenging to younger visitors. If you have any concern about the appropriateness of our exhibitions for your group, please contact our Tour Coordinator, Lyda Guz, at or 512.245.2907. 

  • If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate, please contact 512.245.2313 or at least 72 hours in advance of the event.

    Texas State University is a tobacco-free campus.

  • To research at The Wittliff Collections please make an appointment.