New Central Library
710 W. César Chávez St.
- December 2016: Building construction substantially completed
- May 2017: Grand Opening Ceremony scheduled
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?
- Reading 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 gift boutique
- Gallery space featuring local and national artists
- Abundant bicycle parking
- A permanent exhibit of beloved puppets created by the Austin Public Library
October 2016 Update
Estimated as being roughly 85% complete, the New Central Library continued to be an extremely busy construction project during October, 2016. Some of the construction activities now underway at the site are: finishing up the North side of 2nd Street including landscaping, building the section of the LAB (Lance Armstrong Bikeway) along the Shoal Creek Greenbelt, installing underground irrigation lines and landscape lighting, setting Mill Stone Walls to Cesar Chavez Street from the exterior Central Stairs being built on the East side of the library, installing limestone from the South Stairs to the Central Stairs, placing flagstones and pavers, installing the overhead doors at the loading dock and erecting the guardrail around the roof garden. Within the interiors of the building, the installation of stone, mesquite and oak flooring and carpet continues on all levels as does the installation of wood paneling and other ceiling finishes, the decking of atrium bridges, completing the raised access flooring in the Special Event Forum, and the final painting of all walls and other surfaces. Finally, CAW by Christian Moeller has been successfully installed at the New Central Library. Prominently placed in the atrium, CAW is a 37’ kinetic sculpture resembling a giant cuckoo clock with a swinging pendulum. Christian Moeller is an innovative, internationally recognized public artist whose artworks frequently incorporate robotic elements. CAW comes complete with an LED animation screen featuring a blackbird that will be installed on the 5th floor of the library. A computer program will drive the behavior and gestures of the bird on the screen using an artificial life system. This artwork was inspired both by Austin’s relationship to its resident grackle population and by the strong presence black birds have in mythology and literature.
Art in Public Places
On January 6, 2014 the Art in Public Places Panel approved the Final Design for the New Central Library Art Project titled CAW by Christian Moeller, a world-class, innovative public artist whose works often incorporate robotic elements. CAW 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
Project Manager, Public Works
Facilities Process Manager, Austin Public Library