January 21, 2022

Texas: Construction of Austin’s New Central Library Begins Next Month

From the Austin American-Statesman:

Construction is slated to start next month on Austin’s new central library, a limestone and glass building that will anchor a rapidly transforming corner of downtown.

The Austin City Council on Thursday approved $91.6 million to build the new library at West Cesar Chavez Street and West Avenue, $18.6 million to extend West Second Street and build a vehicle, bike and pedestrian bridge over Shoal Creek, and $1.7 million for a public art wall that will surround an electric substation nearby.


The 200,000-square-foot library is expected to open in 2016, and will include a sunlight-drenched atrium, several gathering spaces and a street-level cafe.


Most of the money, $90 million, will come from a 2006, voter-approved bond package. The rest will come from the city budget and proceeds from the sale of another city-owned lot downtown, among other sources, Gillum said.

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See Also: Learn More About the New Central Library (via Austin Public Library)

See Also: Texas: Austin’s New Central Library to Go Beyond Just Books (December 11, 2011)

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