You’ll find a Walmart store in most American towns and cities. These stores are almost always giant, taking up an average 2.5 football fields worth of space. So what happens when one of them closes? It’s an awful lot of space to just let sit there.
Officials in McAllen, Texas, were faced with this problem when their local Walmart shut down. Instead of letting the giant store sit vacant, they did something amazing. They transformed it into the largest single-floor public library in America.
Now this is the library of my dreams. And it get’s even better…
After stripping out the old walls and ceiling, the developers opted for a very modern feel for the space.
The library now boasts 16 public meeting spaces, 14 public study rooms, 64 computer labs, 10 children’s computer labs, and 2 genealogy computer labs.
Of course there is also a cafe, a used book store, an auditorium, and self check-out stations. This next part makes it perfect…
What’s more is that they host an incredible Farmers’ Market.
Where you can get everything you need.
They even set up shop indoors in the winter.
And Nino’s RioPizza Gulino dishes out fresh handmade pizza made with ingredients from the market!
Even the grounds look amazing. This has to be the coolest public library ever.
I guess it’s true what they say: everything is bigger in Texas. Even the public libraries. I think it’s time for me to start packing my bags (and my library card).
Sources: Weburbanist, Viral Nova, Facebook/McAllenFarmersMarket
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