The $3 million San Antonio Library Renovations for the first, third and sixth floors of the building began recently at the downtown landmark. Renovations on the public library kicked off with repainting the building’s exterior, in its first new coat of iconic enchilada red after about 11 years of neglect.
San Antonio Library Renovations to be funded by the $850 M state bond program
Based on the development plans for the San Antonio Library Renovations, the painting of the building’s entire exterior is scheduled for completion by spring 2022, while the interior renovations are expected to be completed later in the year. This $3 million San Antonio Central Library renovation is being financed through an $850 million state bond program, which was passed in 2017.
Located at 600 Soledad Street, the Central Library Renovation project will cover several modifications and upgrades to the interior parts of the building’s first, third and the sixth floors. On the first floor, the building’s main entrance will be redesigned to provide better security and accessibility for visitors and other modifications will also be made to the main service desk area.
The Central Library’s third floor will undergo more extensive transformations which include the addition of an early literacy play area, a new story room, programming space, and computer lab for families referred to as Family Connect. Lastly, the Central Library Renovation plans for the sixth floor will focus on making improvements to the already existing Texana-Genealogy Department and providing better public access to the cultural, historical and other significant informational items within the Texana/Genealogy Department.
Throughout this San Antonio Library Renovation project, the first, third and basement areas of the library will still remain open to the public. Parking will also be available at the Library’s attached parking garage, where visitors can have their parking ticket validated for up to three hours of free parking. According to a statement from the Library’s director Ramiro Salazar, the improvements on the Central Library will retain the Library’s status as a dynamic destination for information, imagination, and ideas for everyone.