Austin’s New Central Library

Announcing the new Central Library: helping make Austin a dynamic creative center

The highly anticipated (and long-delayed) Central Library is getting ready to welcome its first visitors at the library’s grand opening, scheduled for Saturday, October 28 at 1pm! All are welcome at the celebration, which will feature live music and fun for kids and adults alike until dusk.

The new library, which is twice as big as the current Faulk Central Library that opened in 1979, is located at 710 W. César Chávez Street. In addition to offering a wide selection of books, music and film on loan, the library will offer public-use computers, a “petting zoo” where you can try portable electronic devices, free Google Wi-Fi, and 150 self-check portable devices for use inside the building.

The beautiful new space will have shared learning rooms, reading porches overlooking Shoal Creek and Lady Bird Lake, a central atrium, a roof garden, and a cooking demonstration area. It also features a 37-foot-tall kinetic sculpture by artist Christian Moeller that resembles a cuckoo clock with a swinging pendulum.

In addition to the grand opening, several monthly events are already scheduled at the new Central Library. They include an adults-only craft program called Night Crafters and a romance book club. Special events include an all-ages art program to celebrate Día de los Muertos.

For details on transportation and parking options for the October 28 opening and more, visit

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