New Austin Central Library prepares for big opening
The finishing touches are being put on the new $125 million Austin Central Library, which will have its grand opening on Oct. 28. The library at 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. is double the size of Faulk Central Library, which it will replace. Right: This is the children’s area at the library.
It might be safe to write it on your calendar in pen.
Austin’s new Central Library will have a grand opening Oct. 28, the city announced this week.
The long-delayed, $125 million library has been under construction for more than four years at 710 W. Cesar Chavez St.
At 200,000 square feet, it’s double the size of Faulk Central Library, which it will replace, and it will include such hip features as a cooking demonstration space, solar panels, rainwater collection, an event center, a restaurant and a technology “petting zoo” where people can play with new devices.
It was first set to open in November 2016, then May 2017. The timeline was delayed, in part, by difficulties passing various safety inspections on the first try.
Officials have said the building — a high-rise with a big atrium that must have automatically operating doors and ventilation system — faced unique challenges.
City staffers will begin moving books and other materials into the library next week, meaning users of Faulk Central Library will have limited access to them, according to a city news release.
Customers will be able to access the first and second floors of the Faulk library collection, pick up holds and use the computers and reference desk, but the third floor and nonfiction collection will be inaccessible.
The Faulk Central Library will cease operating as a library Sept. 16. It will be converted into an archival and display space for the nearby Austin History Center. Contact Elizabeth Findell at 512-445-3696. Twitter: @efindell
The Faulk Central Library will cease operating as a library Sept. 16.