The SAGHS Library

Library Use by Appointment Only
Due to the recent increases in COVID-19 related hospitalizations in San Antonio, our Board this morning voted to make our library available only on an appointment basis starting today and lasting until February 15, 2021 at which time we will resume normal operating hours.  This step is being taken as a precaution to protect our Duty Librarians as well as our patrons.
To make an appointment, please contact our Head Librarian, Laura Grover, by email at  
This limited access applies to our Library only.  Classes which are scheduled for the Dwyer Center are not affected.  Those classes will continue to be held at the discretion of the individual instructors.  Also, meetings scheduled for the Dwyer Center will continue as planned.  But remember that safe spacing is always in order.
As of now, this is our schedule of classes and meetings for the remainder of January:
13 January 10am - 12pm – FamilyTree Maker/WikiTree Workshop with Scott Atkinson
16 January 10am - 12pm – SAGHS General Meeting by ‘Hybrid’ method of In-person and Virtual viewing. The program presenter is James Earl whose topic is “Historical Significance of Black Confederates in the War of the Rebellion”. The business meeting follows to include 2 items: First, the election of the 2021-2023 Nominating Committee to select 2021-2023 Officers for the April 17th election; and second, approval for honorary membership for Arnold Birdsong, Barbara Dehle, Jo Anne Horne and Helen Parker.
17, 24, and 31 January – The Beginner’s Genealogy Class by Stephanie Wells for those who paid and pre-registered. This 3-part Sunday class offering introduces the beginner family researcher to the basics of tracing the lives of their ancestors. This includes learning genealogical terms, the use of forms and charts, sources to search and citing your references.
Finally, our Tuesday library workdays will continue as usual for those volunteers who are healthy and willing to participate.
Interior view of library
The San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society and library is situated in an historic Spanish colonial revival house in north central San Antonio. The library houses a rich international collection of books, periodicals, maps and other materials. The library is open to the public four days a week — including weekends — with free parking and lovely facilities and grounds. Society librarians are on duty to assist whether you are a beginning genealogist or more experienced researcher. We invite you to come in and explore our extensive collections onsite or view the catalog
We welcome non-member library patrons, but request that non-members help to support our library with a minimum donation of $10 per person, per visit.
At SAGHS you can research online!
Computers and high speed wireless internet access are available for our patrons.

Free, unlimited use of the SAGHS Library including in-library access to computer archives such as, and our newest archive resource, as a Library Affiliate (thus giving members access to Family History Center microfilm images not available at home). 
Also available:  
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society (American Ancestors), Ohio Genealogical Society, and New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.
  • SAGHS has limited obituary and cemetery records for the San Antonio area.
The Texas Room, housing our collection of Texas  genealogy research books along with published family genealogies from around the world, was recently remodeled with new high density, movable shelves to increase the capacity for our books, as we had run out of shelf space.  Here is a video of  photos taken during the remodeling.
computers at SAGHS   map cases at SAGHS   book stacks at SAGHS
Library Hours
Until 15 Feb 2020, the library is open only by apporintment only.  
(face mask required)
Location: 911 Melissa Drive, San Antonio, TX 78213
Phone: (210) 342-5242
Days closed: New Years Day, Easter Sunday, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Founders’ Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Fall Seminar, Thanksgiving Eve and Day, Christmas Eve and Day
map to library