Sunday, April 18, 2021


Limited Services

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Date Open
Tue 12pm - 8pm
Wed 10am - 6pm
Thu 10am - 6pm
Fri 10am - 6pm
Sat 10am - 6pm

Available Services

Brisk Browsing

Tue: 12pm to 8pm
Wed–Sat: 10am to 6pm

Contact Free Pickup

Tue: 12pm to 8pm
Wed–Sat: 10am to 6pm

Computer Access (by appointment)

Tuesday 3PM - 7PM
Wednesday - Saturday 1PM - 5PM

Outside Wi-Fi Access

7:30AM - 10:30PM


Cortez Library
2803 Hunter Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78224



Cammie Brantley

Cammie Brantley
Library Manager

Cortez Library

Raoul A. Cortez Branch Library

At a Glance

Collections & Services

47,719 items including DVDs, CDs, videos, audio books, and magazines. The branch has a strong Spanish language collection for adults and children.


The Cortez Branch Library is located in a rapidly growing part of Southside San Antonio. The branch is located near Palo Alto College, Texas A&M University at San Antonio, the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas assembly plant, the Senator Frank Madla Transit Center, Mitchell Lake Audubon Park, and Medina River Park. Cortez serves schools in the South San Independent School District. The library provides service to Bexar county communities including Somerset and Von Ormy. A small but dedicated group of patrons from Atascosa County pay yearly out-of-county fees to use the Cortez Branch Library. 

Located in U.S. Congressional District 20, Texas State Senate District 26, Texas State Representative District 123, and City Council District 4.


The Cortez Branch Library is named in honor of Raoul A. Cortez (1904 – 1971), the pioneer of Spanish language radio and television stations in the United States. Cortez founded KCOR-AM, which in 1946 became the first full-time Spanish language radio station in the United States. In 1955, he established the television station known today as KWEX-TV, the country’s first Spanish language television station. Active in civic affairs, he served two terms as the national president of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and supported legal battles fighting discrimination against Mexican-Americans. An active member of the business community, he founded the Charro Association and was a member of the Mexican Chamber of Commerce.

The Raoul A. Cortez Branch Library opened in April 12, 1981 at a cost of $653,761, which was financed through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The branch has since received several renovations and building improvements. In 1995, the branch acquired new lighting, paint, carpeting, handicap upgrades, and the installation of four new public access terminals funded through a 1989 bond.

In 2004, Guillermo Nicolas, grandson of Raoul A. Cortez, raised and donated money for interior and exterior improvement to the Cortez Branch. Mr. Nicolas organized a major landscaping project with 80 volunteers enlisted from partner KSTX public radio. The exterior of the building was transformed into a colorful xeriscape garden. In 2005, The San Antonio Library Foundation was awarded $50,000 through an AT&T grant to purchase new computers for the Cortez Branch.

In 2007, the branch received funds through a 2003 bond and the CDBG for the expansion of the meeting room, installation of new air conditioning, renovation of the lobby and restrooms, upgrades to the electrical and security system, and general facility repairs. Most recently, in 2009, the Cortez Branch received funds through a 2007 bond and the CDBG for the expansion of the lobby and other building upgrades.

  • Square footage of the building: 9,834>
  • Square footage of the meeting room: 1,260 (Call for availability)


  • Via IH 35 (S. Pan Am Expwy): Exit TX 16/Spur 422 South for .5 miles to Hunter Blvd. Library is on the right
  • Via Loop 410 SW: Exit TX 16/Spur 22. North for two miles to Hunter Blvd. Library is on the left, west of TX 16.


Parking for approximately ___ cars. 

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