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San Antonio Central Library

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Address: 600 Soledad St, San Antonio, TX 78205-1200
Phone Number: 210-207-2500
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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

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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I could spend the day here

Okay , I admit that I'm a library geek, but this place is truly exceptional. The colors and architecture make it so interesting and stimulating. I love the artwork - the Chihula... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Karen G
San Antonio, Texas
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Okay , I admit that I'm a library geek, but this place is truly exceptional. The colors and architecture make it so interesting and stimulating. I love the artwork - the Chihula and Botero sculptures. It has a great selection of every kind of book, CD, DVD, etc. the first three hours of parking are free! What's not to love?

Thank Karen G
San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016

Five years ago we went to the opening of the new branch near Blanco Road called the Parman Library, named after the developer who donated the ten acres site. It's not a huge place but well designed. We like to go there and sit in the Quiet Room to read or work. Cool. Pleasant. Then we go out to eat... More 

Thank Robert F
Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2016

As soon as I saw pictures of the Central Library Building, I knew I will have to see it with my own two eyes. When I started reading about the library, I find out that they have a huge glass sculpture, made by the famous glass sculpture: Dale Chihuly. The library had quite a few art works which are nicely... More 

Thank Sharon_zz
San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016

Follow your gut feeling and experience a true library with wonderful to talk about. Look out for the Chihuly and Botero art pieces.

Thank MrRitmo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

The library was awesome! A must visit if you are into libraries or not. A fun place to visit. If you park in the parking garage, the first 3 hours are free then $5 bucks for rest of the time there. There are 6 floors. The bathrooms are nice and clean. There is art work on display for the blind,... More 

Thank Ruth H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2016 via mobile

I was there before for a book and got to go back for an event we did. Beautiful building, very open with lots of natural light. Great staff.

Thank Susann H
Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2016 via mobile

Nice library, but we always visit and take others mainly to see the impressive glass installation created by Dale Chihuly and his collaborators, though it is no longer as stunningly displayed as it was several years ago. Still a great opportunity to see a large piece of Chihuly for FREE !

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

The best part about this place is the bright red color. Its known by locals as the enchilada library or big red enchilada library. I mean it's just the library. But everything's bigger in Texas and apparently brighter.

Thank survivor5804
San Ignacio, Belize
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2015

The first San Antonio public library was brought here by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (pronounced car-NAY-gie according to a spokeswoman for the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Many people disagree, but that's their problem. When Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta's design beat out the competition in 1991, it was a historic event. I love his statement, "I want to break the concept... More 

Thank Chucumite
San Antonio, Texas
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2015

I went on a Sunday afternoon to see their advertised exhibition Arts Of Noh. The street people were roaming all around the outside of the building and the inside was being used more like a homeless shelter. As an adult, I do not have an issue with this but there is absolutely no way I would ever bring a child... More 

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