Have you ever wondered what the views are like from the high- rise buildings in downtown Austin?
Well, now everyone can enjoy spectacular views from the rooftop native plant garden on the sixth floor of the new Austin Central Library. Opened in October of 2017, its designers clearly embraced the notion of bringing people together. The architecture showcases the views of Lady Bird Lake. The rooftop garden is a great place to take photos, enjoy the native plants, meet friends, or simply relax with a good book. In addition to the rooftop garden there are several screened porches that allow patrons to easily move from the building to comfortable outdoor settings.
Before visiting the library for the first time, forget about old-school notions of a library simply being a repository for stacks and stacks of books organized by the Dewey Decimal System. In addition to thousands of books, the library has events spaces for readings, film screenings, concerts and other performances. There is also an art gallery. 589 chairs, many of which are of a colorful mid-century modern style and all fabulously comfortable, are found throughout the building and the chairs beckon patrons to slow down and sit for a spell. It’s all about bringing people together in a light and airy setting.
Perhaps the best thing about this gem of a library is that, like all public libraries, it is free and welcoming to everyone. It is quickly becoming a downtown destination for Austinites and visitors to our city from all walks of life. It’s proximity to the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail creates a perfect opportunity for an outing to combine exercise, relaxation, and access to all the cultural and educational opportunities a great public library has to offer.
For more information, visit: https://www.austinchronicle.com/arts/2017-10-27/checking-out-austins-new-central-library/
Written by Terri Knox, RN, CDE