New Austin Cen­tral Li­brary pre­pares for big open­ing

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - PHO­TOS BY JAY JANNER / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

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.

PHOTO GALLERY: See more pho­tos of the li­brary on­line at States­man.com

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