Number of Austin History Center Archival Requests Fulfilled

About Us

The Austin History Center is a part of the  Austin Public Library The Austin History Center's mission is to procure, preserve, present and provide the historical records that make up Austin's unique story.
The History Center changes lives everyday through their services and efforts to collect, preserve, and present the stories and materials that document Austin's unique history. As a research institution, the Austin History Center offers reference services to any person or group interested in exploring and researching the historical and ethnic heritage of Austin’s people, communities, and places. The Library’s History Center introduces these services widely through collaborative community outreach events and fulfills archival reference requests in person and through online resources.


The data for this measure includes in-person, over-the-phone, video remote, and online research and reference-related questions and consultations. The data is for a fiscal year October 1  through September 30, and is an annual year-end total.


Typically, on average, the History Center handles over 5,000 reference-related inquiries each year.  The data shows the significant impact of COVID-19 to this core service offered by the Austin History Center.  Library locations closed in March 2020. The History Center reopened with reduced hours in June 2021 to offer remote reference and research services.
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Measure Details and Definition

1) Definition:  Archival requests are research and reference questions.
2) Calculation method: The number is a manual count of questions or requests. The percentage fulfilled means library staff responded to the question or request and will always be 100%.
3) Data Collection Process:  The staff manually count the number of questions and requests fulfilled.
4) Measure Target Calculation: This measure has no target.  It is a volume measure.
5) Frequency Measure is Reported: The single count is reported annually, the end of each fiscal year.