710 W. Cesar Chavez, Austin, 78701, 512/974-7400
Hours: Sun., noon-6pm; Mon.-Thu., 10am-9pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-6pm
photo by John Anderson
The city's dazzling new Downtown library, opened in October of 2017, fills its 198,000 square feet with an art gallery, event and screening spaces, a cafe, rooftop garden, and – oh yeah – hundreds of thousands of books.
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