The hotly anticipated new downtown Austin library, under construction on Cesar Chavez, has announced a date for its grand opening, the Austin Business Journal reports.
The new library will open on Saturday October 28th at 10am after four years of construction and $125 million in costs. The library will replace the current one, Faulk Central Library, located at 8th and Guadalupe Street. Faulk will cut back on services beginning in August 14th and close permanently September 15th.
The new library is twice as big as Faulk, at 200,000 square feet. In addition to the services and amenities one would expect from a library, the new building will have a large atrium, an art gallery, and a restaurant.
The new library has some pretty impressive neighbors too. The Austin Proper Hotel & Residences, a 32-story development, is under construction at 202 Nueces Street, just across Shoal Creek, and Google just finished its future home at 500 West 2nd, less than a quarter mile away.