Harry Ransom Center

The Harry Ransom Center is an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin. Its extensive collections provide unique insight into the creative process of writers and artists, deepening our understanding and appreciation of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts. Visitors engage with the Center's collections through research and study, exhibitions, publications, and a rich variety of program offerings including readings, talks, symposia, and film screenings. For more information on the Center’s holdings, please consult the Harry Ransom Center's website for collections descriptions.

The Ransom Center invites use by University faculty members, staff members, students, and members of the public engaged in research across a range of scholarly disciplines. For more information on planning a research visit, please consult the Harry Ransom Center's website. The Ransom Center also works with University faculty to design collaborative-teaching experiences in our galleries and classrooms. For more information on teaching with the collections, please complete the classroom reservation form and review the guidelines for teaching at the Center. Each year, the Ransom Center also awards more than 50 fellowships for projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections including fellowships for graduate students writing their dissertations. To learn more about the fellowship program or to apply, please visit the Ransom Center’s website. The Ransom Center also offers undergraduate internships and volunteer opportunities for students.

Visitors may access Ransom Center materials in the second-floor Reading and Viewing Rooms. The first-floor galleries feature rotating exhibitions as well as the Gutenberg Bible and the First Photograph, which are on permanent display in the lobby.

Hours of operation for the Reading and Viewing Rooms and the exhibition galleries are available on the Ransom Center’s website or by calling (512) 471-8944.