New Central Library

New Central Library Renderings


New Central Library

710 W. César Chávez St.


  • November 2016: Building Construction completed
  • Spring 2017: Grand Opening Ceremony

What is a "library for the future"?

  • Flexible & Blended Spaces
  • Focus on electronic delivery of information
  • State-of-the-art technologies
  • Community gathering place promoting a mixture of lively and contemplative spaces
  • Collections displayed to encourage discovery

What will the New Central Library offer?

  • Location of New Central Library near the Seaholm Power PlantReading porches and an indoor reading room overlooking Shoal Creek and Lady Bird Lake
  • Landmark public gathering atrium space adjacent to Shoal Creek
  • Library café with outdoor dining adjacent to Second St. and Shoal Creek Park
  • Recycled Reads bookstore and upcycling facility
  • Gallery space featuring local and national artists
  • Abundant bicycle parking
  • A permanent exhibit of beloved puppets created by the Austin Public Library

May 2016 Update

The New Central Library construction site remains a hotbed of activity this month, with work proceeding rapidly within and around the building. Stone flooring and framing for the metal panel ceiling are being installed on the first level, while wood flooring is being installed on the second, fourth and fifth levels. Demountable partitions are going up in the staff areas on the fourth level and carpet installation has been initiated on this floor. On the exterior of the building, the paving of West 2nd Street between the "butterfly bridge" over Shoal Creek and the New Central Library is now underway. On May 5, Council authorized the negotiation and execution of a contract through the National Joint Powers Allegiance with McCoy Rockford for furniture for the New Central Library in an amount not to exceed $110,057. The furniture for this purchase consists of chairs manufactured by Coalesse. On May 19, Council authorized the negotiation and execution of a contract through the Texas Multiple Award Schedule cooperative program with TMC Furniture for furniture for the New Central library in an amount not to exceed $1,284,850. This Request for Council Action (RCA) replaced the authority afforded by Council on February 15, as the City was unsuccessful in negotiating a satisfactory contract with the offeror selected at that time. This RCA provided another qualified provider for Council authorization.

Art in Public Places

Birds by Christian Moeller, kinetic sculpture resembling a gigantic cuckoo clockOn January 6, 2014 the Art in Public Places Panel approved the Final Design for the New Central Library Art Project titled Birds by Christian Moeller, a world-class, innovative public artist whose works often incorporate robotic elements. Birds is a 37’ kinetic sculpture resembling a gigantic cuckoo clock with a swinging pendulum which will be wall-mounted in the atrium.

An accompanying LED animation screen featuring a black bird will be mounted on the 5th level. A computer program will drive the behavior and gestures of the bird using an artificial life system. This work is inspired in part by Austin’s relation to its resident grackle population and by the strong presence black birds have in mythology and literature.

New Central Library Contacts

Cindy Jordan
Project Manager, Public Works

John Gillum
Facilities Process Manager, Austin Public Library