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San Antonio Central Library

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Address: 600 Soledad Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone Number: 210-207-2500
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: You may not want to read a book, but a visit to the library is worth just...
You may not want to read a book, but a visit to the library is worth just to see the Chihuly blown glass sculpture in San Antonio's downtown library. Just walk in the main door and look up. It reminds me of the confetti flying out of a cascarón (a eggshell stuffed with confetti and cracked over someone's head during Fiesta).
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My favorite place!

I loved coming here as a kid and I absolutely love brining my daughter. They have so many fun activities! Plus the atmosphere is amazing I can sit at appreciate it all day long!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
Nicole R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I loved coming here as a kid and I absolutely love brining my daughter. They have so many fun activities! Plus the atmosphere is amazing I can sit at appreciate it all day long!

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Sioux Center, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Visiting a city library is like being a kid in a candy shop. There's so much to see, observe and enjoy. The children's area was absolutely darling and there are so many different reading areas spread throughout the building where you can relax and read. The Dale Chihuly glass sculpture is amazing and something you won't want to miss on... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

The architecture is dramatic, but the architect apparently wanted visitors to the library to be totally confused in entrances, exits, flow throughout the library, and knowing where meeting rooms and other offices could be found. I've been going to this museum for years and it took quite a while to work out what's what in there.

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San Antonio, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

It's fun to see all big city libraries and this one is modern and unique. Beautiful art,go to the top and work your way down otherwise you will miss all the historical flags from TX. The downside to the library are the homeless people hanging out,everywhere. If you park in the lot,don't forget to get your ticket stamped.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

The San Antonio library is wonderful - great selection, lotsa of activities & community outreach programs. You can ordered & return books from any librayr in the San Antonio Library system. You can request & renew books online, Simply love the SA Library!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

This is one of the nicest libraries I've been in. The modern architecture provides lots of open space and tons of information and educational resources are available.

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

This library is very clean, organized and easy to navigate. Parking is simple and always available (at least every time that I go). That says a lot for a library in the midst of a city. I have been to others downtown libraries and this one is definitely the easier to get in and out of than most. It is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Books are great, but the history of this building always is unreal. An old sears store many yrs. ago. , then this beautiful library emerged. A must see...The Chuhuly glass sculpture in the Library as well as other unique finds will make your visit so unique

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Definitely one of my favorite places in SA to go and get lost for a while. Time always gets away from me, I like to find excuses to make copies of things and like to read as I walk the rows of shelves rather than sitting down. I would totally live at this library if I could!!!

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Lexington, KY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Don't miss the Tom Thumb and circus exhibit--it's unique! You'll pass the library on the river boat and hear a bit of the story if you're lucky.

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Additional Information about San Antonio Central Library

Address: 600 Soledad Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone Number: 210-207-2500
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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