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San Antonio Central Library

Neighbourhood: Downtown
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Address: 600 Soledad Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone Number:
+1 210-207-2500
09:00 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon - Thu 09:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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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Beautiful building with great art exhibit inside and much more

The building is a striking Mexican orange/red building with a free for two hour parking garage next door. Inside is a very interesting collection of art, photography and truly... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 November 2016
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

The building is a striking Mexican orange/red building with a free for two hour parking garage next door. Inside is a very interesting collection of art, photography and truly world class sculpture. The 30 ft plus tal Chihuli glass sculpture is stunning. The Bortero horse whimsical, and there is lots more. Plus mentoring sessions on small business practices in its... More 

Thank Chinapjs
Wellsville, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

We walked along the river walk to the exit past the art school. Nice walk from downtown, no restaurants, just joggers and walkers. Library has beautiful Chihuly glasspiece cascading down. Lots of local arts and mural also. Libraries computer area was full.

Thank Grandma47
San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 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 16 July 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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 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 28 June 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 22 June 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 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 23 March 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 !

Thank docwhiteaustin
Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 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

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