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San Antonio Central Library

600 Soledad St, San Antonio, TX 78205-1200
+1 210-207-2500
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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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600 Soledad St, San Antonio, TX 78205-1200
Downtown
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+1 210-207-2500
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

It's okay, not the best place during the week to visit. Homeless people sleeping outside, bathing in restrooms, Manager sits around allowing the problem, security ignores complaints. Cleaning staff, and desk staff are hard working. Information area staff have no clue and are rude.

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Reviewed 23 March 2017

One of the best public libraries in the world. A tremendous used book store in the basement, a gorgeous palm-filled garden and a massive Chihuly sculpture on the second floor - go look around. It's free!

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Reviewed 21 March 2017

We visited (my wife being a librarian) and enjoyed what we saw. A little odd shaped facility but inside is just a wonderful facility. Most cities and towns would love to have this place. Seemed to be at least 50 public computer terminals. Excellent place...More

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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...More

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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
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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,...More

Thank Karen G
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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...More

Thank Robert F
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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...More

Thank Sharon_zz
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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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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....More

Thank Ruth H
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