Where reading is Central

With beautiful, purposeful design, new Central Library is a destination for reading and a whole lot more


Thanks to the library’s open concept, you can see the bottom floor from the seventh and top floor. The open concept also makes the library environmentally friendly because with the natural light there is less need for artificial lights, which saves power. Photo by Olivia Watts.

Olivia Watts, MacPhotojournalism

Perhaps your New Year’s resolution is to read more, maybe even to read a certain number of books in 2018.

We can think of no better place to read in 2018 than the newly opened Central Austin Library on 710 W. César Chávez St. downtown.

Although the beautiful new building officially opened its doors in 2017, that doesn’t mean you can’t make it one of your favorite Austin places in 2018.

If you haven’t been there yet, freshman photojournalism student Olivia Watts takes you there in the first of our new weekly series, The Tuesday Top 10.

Each Tuesday, we will feature a 10-image photo essay that tells a story, profiles a person, makes an argument or takes you to an amazing place.