Austin Central Library Named Finalist for Public Library of the Year

Austin’s Central Library, which opened in October 2017, is a state-of-the-art facility complete with a rooftop butterfly garden, a “technology petting zoo,” and an astonishing amount of sunlight.The Austin Central Library—the light-filled home of a cookbook-themed restaurant, 3-D printers, and a dedicated gallery space–is a finalist for the 2018 Public Library of the Year Award. The title, previously awarded in 2014, 2015, and 2016, honors a newly built library that the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) believes “best combines open, functional architecture with creative IT solutions and also takes into account both digital developments and local culture.” Thirty-five libraries from nineteen countries applied for the award in 2018, and as announced on Thursday, the Austin Central Library is one of five finalists (and the only one from the U.S.). This year’s finalists, including the Villa-Lobos Park Library in Brazil, which has a wooden structure for relaxing in the center of…View Original Post

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