Central Library

710 W. César Chávez St.

Grand Opening Celebration

Saturday, October 28

10 AM     Grand Opening Festivities
11 AM     Remarks and Ribbon Cutting 
1 PM       Central Library open to the public
6 PM       Central Library will close

Event details library.austintexas.gov/event/central

Central Library

The Central Library, designed to be flexible enough to serve our community for the next hundred years, forms the backbone of the Austin Public Library system. This flagship facility provides access to digital information, technology and community resources as well as traditional books. Located in the Seaholm EcoDistrict, the Central Library forms part of the vibrant hub of residential, office and community gathering spaces that reflect Austin’s spirit of originality and soul.


Fiction books: novels, bestsellers, mystery, thriller
Nonfiction books: biographies, cookbooks, self-help, how-to
Children’s books (ages 0-12): picture, chapter and informative books 
Teen books: young adult fiction, graphic novels/manga, fantasy
World language books: Spanish and 14 others
Alice in Wonderland: adult and youth special collections
CDs: pop/rock, indie, country, blues, hip hop, latin, world
DVDs and Blu-rays: movies, TV shows and educational videos
Local books and music: a taste of Austin’s creative scene


PC and Mac: public use computers
Tech Petting Zoo: (5th floor) try portable electronic devices
150 self-check portable devices for use inside the building: Macbooks, Chromebooks, iPads, HP Tablets and AfterSchool Edge
Google Fiber WiFi: free access


Shared Learning Rooms: study groups, conferences, workshops
Reading Porches: overlooking Shoal Creek and Lady Bird Lake
Central Atrium: provides internal natural light during the day
Roof Garden: Live Oak tree, habitat for butterflies, solar installation
Caw by Christian Moeller: 37-foot-tall kinetic sculpture that resembles a cuckoo clock with a swinging pendulum