Friday, November 24, 2017

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

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Las Palmas Library
515  Castroville Rd
San Antonio, TX 78237
 210.207.9200

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Jose Ruiz Alvarez

Jose Ruiz Alvarez
Library Manager

Las Palmas Library

Las Palmas Branch Library

At a Glance

Collections & Services

The collection consists of over 65,000 volumes including audio books, videos, DVDs and music CDs. Adult and juvenile non-fiction is interfiled.

Community

As part of the City of San Antonio’s ongoing commitment to quality customer service, bi-lingual (Spanish language) staff is on hand to assist library users, or to present community programs. 

Located in City Council District 5, Las Palmas is located in the western part of San Antonio and Bexar County, and serves approximately 60,000 persons (89% Hispanic, 6% Anglo and 4% African-American) and area schools in the Edgewood Independent School District.

The library is located across the street from San Fernando Catholic Cemetery, established in 1922. Our Lady of the Lake University is one mile "around the corner" at 411 S.W. 24th Street.

History

The “original” Las Palmas Branch Library was opened on March 23, 1969, on land deeded by the Las Palmas Corporation. Over time, the need for a branch library larger than 5,800 square feet was recognized, but the land was not available to expand the building on the site near the Las Palmas Shopping Center.

Communities Organized For Public Service (C.O.P.S.) was instrumental in achieving passage of the 1989 Library/Literacy Centers bond issue, which made construction of the new Las Palmas Branch Library and Literacy Center possible.

The budget for the combined Branch Library and Father Benavides Community Family Resource Center Learning Center was $2.2 million. The funds to build the new branch were authorized in the 1989 bond issue for library expansions, renovations, new branches, and literary centers. In addition, a $100,000 Library Services Construction Act federal grant was received to supplement the bond funds. Construction began in June 1993 and the dedication/opening took place in April 1994.

The three-dimensional Hispanic Heroes mural located in the children’s section depicts César Chávez, the Hon. Henry B. Gonzalez, Emma Tenayuca, Father Albert Benavides, and Flaco Jimenez against a background of the American and Mexican flags and a series of Texas State symbols (Mission Espada, bluebonnets, and a mockingbird perched in a pecan tree). It was dedicated in June of 1998. Executed by students of SAY Sí (San Antonio Youth, Yes), the mural was commissioned by Los Padrinos de Las Palmas and funded by Luby’s, Las Palmas Shopping Center.

In September of 2009, renovations to the library were completed. The $480,000 project, funded by City of San Antonio Certificates of Obligation, included roof replacement, parking lot repairs, exterior painting and graffiti-proofing, interior painting, restroom renovations, landscaping, sidewalk repairs, carpet replacement, and installation of a new lighted flagpole.

  • Architect: Reitzer, Cruz Inc., San Antonio, TX
  • Contractor: Universal City Construction Co., Universal City, TX
  • Square footage of the building: 12,000 for the Library and 8,000 for the Benavides Learning Center for a total of 20,000 square feet

Directions

  • Via US 90: Exit Cupples Rd. North on Cupples to Castroville Rd. Left on Castroville. Library is on the right
  • Via IH 35: Exit US 90 W. Follow directions above. Library is next to the YWCA and in the same building as the Fr. Benavides Center

Parking

Parking for approximately ___ cars. 

Via Bus Routes

  • Nearby Routes: 68, 70, 522
  • You can use trip planning tools on ViaInfo.net

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Las Palmas

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