After many years of political and public discussion, City of Austin voters approved $90 million dollars to build a new central library. And four years of contruction, the 6 story, 200,000 square foot space in the Seaholm Powerplant Eco District at 710 W Cesar Chavez Street, the library finally opened Saturday October 28, 2017. The end result cost closer to $125 billion and took an additional 6 months to build. Despite the price tag and any political disagreements, almost anyone that visits the library would agree it's a grand, marvelous structure.
The new library is modern in design but also function. Features include; meeting rooms with white boards, check-out laptops, cozy reading nooks, a used book store, cafe, kids space and a roof top garden with views of Ladybird Lake. It's truly a remarkable building and is sure to attract locals and tourist alike.