I recently posted a story about an amazing, futuristic-looking library that opened in Tianjin, China. In doing so, I also bemoaned the sorry state of library support in the United States and the lack of commitment to public libraries in general. Well, lo and behold, I just discovered that this past weekend Austin, Texas celebrated the grand opening of its exciting new central library.
The institution, which is twice the size of the previous flagship library in the Texas capital city, cost a whopping $125 million to build. Along with the usual facilities, it boasts quite a few special amenities, including an outdoor reading deck, a dedicated bicycle garage, a unique laptop loan vending machine, and a cafe. Check out the brief video tour to see how it’s done in the Lone Star State.