Thursday, May 25, 2017

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Date Open
Sun 11am - 5pm
Mon 9am - 9pm
Tue 9am - 9pm
Wed 9am - 9pm
Thu 9am - 9pm
Fri 9am - 5pm
Sat 9am - 5pm

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Central Library
600 Soledad St
San Antonio, TX 78205
 210.207.2500

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Ruth Chiego

Ruth Chiego
Central Library Coordinator

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News & Announcements

Downtown Construction at the Central Library

Central Library patrons should be advised that construction is currently in effect for surrounding streets to include, San Pedro Avenue, N. Main Avenue and Navarro Street.

Street improvements as part of the San Pedro/N. Main/ Navarro Roundabout construction project are scheduled for completion Fall of this year, 2017. This project is led by the City of San Antonio Transportation and Capital Improvements (TCI) Department.

While construction is underway please be aware of street closures, detours and alternate bus routes. Details about the construction progress may be found by visiting the TCI website by clicking HERE.

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At a Glance

Collections & Services

580,257 volumes, including an extensive collection of Non-fiction located on the 2nd floor, Fiction located on the 5th floor, Media and Express both located on the 1st floor, and Latino and Texana/Genealogy both located on the 6th floor.

Special needs services and collections—including equipment are also available at the library—including the recent addition of the Children's Low Vision Reading Room on the 3rd floor.

The library contains an art gallery on the 1st floor with exhibits scheduled thought the year. As you explore the library you will also notice a number of art pieces from the library's collection situated through the library's seven floor. On the 2nd floor you can find the Marie Swartz Art Resource center, which in partnership with the Southwest School of Art serves as the library of record for the School's BFA degree program.

To find out more about the library's art collection visit the staff curated Art Guide or Public Artwork List on the Get Creative San Antonio website.

Children's Services and Teen Services (Teen Library) can be found on the 3rd floor.

Meeting rooms are available at the library. Find out more about meetings rooms.

Community

Situated in downtown San Antonio, south of Romana Plaza. The site is bounded by Soledad St. to the west, Navarro St. to the north, Augusta St. to the east, and Giraud St. to the south. The library is a half-block north of the River Walk, adjacent to Baptist Medical Center, Fox Tech High School and Southwest School of Art & Craft. 

Located in U.S. Congressional District 23, TX State Congressional District 123, TX State Senate District 26, and City Council District 1.

History

In 1989 San Antonio voters approved a $28 million bond to build the new Central Library on the site of the former Sears Building; an additional $10 million was raised by the Library Foundation from public and private funding and donations. These funds allowed for upgrades to the Library to create murals and art, add new computer equipment, purchase new materials, purchase durable furniture, and update the parking garage.

As the result of the architectural design competition in July of 1991, the design team of renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta in partnership with Sprinkle Robey Architects and Johnson-Dempsey & Associates of San Antonio were selected. Legorreta is known internationally, designing buildings that include the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo in Monterey and the Managua Cathedral in Nicaragua. 

Construction began on July 1993 and the Central Library opened to the public on May 20, 1995, with six above-ground floors and seating capacity for 1,300.The bright-colored, 240,000 SF Library is a bold departure from traditional library design, and has changed the face of downtown San Antonio. Interior designs were done by the San Antonio firm of Ford, Powell and Carson, Inc., with many of the pieces created especially for this Library. Light, color, walls, water, humor and conscience are the palette used by Ricardo Legorreta to produce the design for the new Central Library. This design promotes the idea of the Library as a place to gather, relax and enjoy the world of ideas collected in print and online, from books and magazines to music, movies and downloadable resources.

Directions

  • Via US 281 S: Exit IH 35 S. Exit upper level at Brooklyn/McCullough. Take access road to Main. Left on Main. Left on first street after bank (Giraud). Left at stop sign. 
  • Via IH 35 S: Take lower level to Lexington/Main/San Pedro exit. Take access road to Main. Left on Main. Left on first street after bank (Giraud). Left at stop sign.
  • Via IH 10 E: Exit IH 35 N to Austin. Exit Brooklyn/McCullough. Right on McCullough, .3 miles to August St. Right on Augusta to library.

Parking

Parking for approximately 400 cars is located directly south of the Library in a multilevel City owned and operated parking garage. The garage entrance is on Soledad Street. Parking is automatically validated for 2 hours and 59 minutes. Cash or credit cards only, no checks. 

Validation

  • No charge (First 3 hours free)
  • Flat Rate: $5.00 
  • Lost Ticket: $12.00 
  • Monthly: $50.00

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