The San Antonio Public Library is the public library system serving the city of San Antonio. It consists of a central library, 29 branch libraries, and a library portal. In 2006, it was awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
The Central Library is a six-story structure that opened in 1995 in Downtown San Antonio. It is recognized by its bright-colored "Mexican Modernist" design. The primary color of the building's exterior is popularly referred to by San Antonians as "Enchilada Red."
The architect for the building was Ricardo Legorreta in partnership with Sprinkle Robey Architects and Johnson-Dempsey & Associates of San Antonio. Unique features of the library include a multi-story, bright yellow atrium and several outdoor plazas with landscaping and fountains intended to be used as outdoor reading rooms.
The centerpiece of the library is a two-story glass blown sculpture named "Fiesta Tower". It was created by Dale Chihuly in 2003.
The Central Library also houses the Texana/Genealogy Department. This department has been a part of the Central Library since it's opening in 1995 and is located on the sixth floor. The goal of its collection is to preserve the history and culture of San Antonio, Bexar County, and Texas. The operating hours are Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
The Latino Collection at Central is another collection available to the public. It was established in 1996 and it was expanded in 2017, allowing the collection to be transferred from the 6th floor of the library to the 1st where more people would have exposure and access to it. The collection is made up of materials in Spanish, and by and about Latin authors.
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