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San Antonio Central Library, San Antonio
(4.2/5 based on 30 reviews on the web)
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  • 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 loca...  more »
  • 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....  more »
  • 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. W...  more »
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  • First time here after just moving into town. The staff seemed friendly and there's a huge selection of items. I noticed they do exhibits events here which caught my attention. I think I saw a lot of new Mac computers which must be nice (too busy reading to pay attention), overall the library was satisfactory with the downside of MANY homeless and some illicit activities around the perimeter.
  • My kids and I usually love this library, but today my kids came in a little excited and rushed to a computer (they know they shouldn't run, they just got carried away.. hence, they're kids and they weren't running wild we had just got there, my six year old may have been the only one rushing, while two of my children glided, they have healys on, and my oldest walked over). My six year old just got her library card and can do ABC mouse on the computer, she's ready to learn! Well that was it, the lady at the desk frowned upon our entrance, mind you they were not loud just a little fast, and as we sat there I didn't hear much and all of a sudden the lady at the desk came over to let us know that if my children are going to be on the computer and there is volume they must have earphones... I didn't even hear any noise and I am sure that was because the volume was already up prior to my son's use and he just happened to get on a site that had something playing. He quickly turned it down, because he does know that he shouldn't have volume unless he has earphones. It just wasn't quick enough for her and she made it clear that they must not have volume unless they have earphones... I feel that she was just judging us from when we first came in, which was not at all too wild... just an FYI if you work in a children's area, you should be a little more understanding of children being children. I do understand sometimes it's too wild, but there are some parents who teach their children how to appropriately behave wherever they are!
  • Much like Borges I imagine heaven is a library. The central public library is a boon for San Antonio offering a lot for everybody. Their Texas focus collection rivals that of say major university libraries and they offer a book on every interest that isn't illegal. Overall I'd say the staff is pretty cool except maybe the underlings who work the first floor, but considering the library is a second home for homeless people especially during the summer (who can blame them when the summer is 100F on many days). Personally I've never been bothered by any of those people plus there are security guards who regularly patrol the building. The library offers free/paid garage parking and a teen area for high school kids. They host art exhibitions, public classes, lectures and readings year round.
  • Great library with great staff. And to those who have mentioned the number of homeless people, this is a PUBLIC library in the center of a large metro area, and the homeless are about as PUBLIC as you can get. I've never seen anyone harassed by a homeless person at this library so try not to harass the homeless here.
  • Love this place. Nice place to hang out and great selection of books and media items. The only downside is that there is often a long wait list to get on the computers for Internet and occice software.