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San Antonio Central Library

Address: 600 Soledad Street, San Antonio, TX 78205 (Downtown)
Phone Number: 210-207-2500
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Ranked #56 of 135 Attractions in San Antonio
Type: Libraries, Cultural
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: You may not want to read a book, but a visit to the library is worth just to see the Chihuly blown...
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Type: Libraries, Cultural
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Sioux Center, Iowa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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SAN ANTONIO
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
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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10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

I use my neighborhood library often, but when I want a treat I go to the "Big Enchilada" downtown....The best part for me is the Friends of the library book cellar downstairs...bargains galore.

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