Austin’s New Central Library – OPENING OCTOBER 28
As Austin’s gateway to knowledge, the New Central Library will redefine the library experience for the 21st century. Designed by award-winning Lake|Flato Architects and Shepley Bulfinch and scheduled to open October 28th, this new flagship building overlooking iconic Lady Bird Lake will be devoted to Austin’s intellectual inquiry and cultural vitality.
The New Central Library will provide the entire community access to boundless knowledge through cutting-edge technology, extensive print and digital collections, and dynamic and enriching programming. The facility will feature flexible blended spaces designed to meet the ever-changing needs of our community and will include:
– A 350-seat state-of-the-art event center to host readings, lectures and screenings and to engage and educate all segments of our community.
– An art gallery that will feature the work of local and national artists.
– Special display areas and collections showcasing Austin’s musical and cinematic achievements.
– A children’s library with a craft room and reading porch designed to enhance children’s reading experience and spark imaginations.
– A teen library that will provide young adults with a dedicated space promoting creative and collaborative learning.
– A street-level café that features indoor and outdoor dining.
– Recycled Reads Boutique.
– A rooftop garden featuring native species and stunning views of the city’s skyline.
– A rooftop special event area.
– A cooking demonstration area to host on-site cooking classes that celebrate Austin’s culinary consciousness.
– A bicycle corral adjacent to the Lance Armstrong Bikeway.
– An underground 200-car parking garage.
The New Central Library’s sustainable design features include:
– Six stories of glass and stone
– On site energy production
– Extensive use of daylight and LEDs
– Demand controlled ventilation
– Variable water flow
– A 200kV Photovoltaic array
– A rainwater harvesting system
– Vegetated roof
– Regional and recycled construction materials