Fun facts about the Central Library in downtown San Antonio, TX

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The Big Enchilada, Central Library, the OSS Building — what do you call it? | 📸: @timothymcvainlives

If you’ve ever found yourself driving through downtown, you’ve probably noticed a giant, red-orange building that looks straight out of a science fiction moviethat’s Central Library.

The building opened in 1995 as part of the San Antonio Public Library system. But, this downtown gem is much more than just somewhere you can grab a book. Here are some fun facts you should know about Central Library:

  • OSS junior headquarters — ring any bells? Central Library was featured in the blockbuster sequelSpy Kids 2: Island Of Lost Dreams,” as the building where spies could congregate and work on their top-secret missions.
  • This 240,000 sqft, six-story structure contains 580,000+ volumes of literary works.
  • You can find various rotating art exhibits throughout the year on the library’s art gallery located at the 1st floor.
  • The building was designed by famed Mexican architect Ricardo Legoretta protégé of the great Mexican modernist Luis Barragán.
  • Serving as the centerpiece of the library is a two-story, glass-blown sculpture appropriately named “Fiesta Tower” created in 2003 by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly commemorating the 100th anniversary of the SAPL system — find out more about the library’s art collection by checking out the staff’s art guide.

The Central Library has no bad angles — every view is stunning. | 📸: @mattlankes

The library is currently undergoing renovations including a new, fresh coat of enchilada-red paint to the exterior. While some in-person services may be limited, here are a couple of online events you can join for free.

Beginner’s Chair Yoga Class | Fri., Dec. 17 | 9:30 a.m. | Learn how to perform chair yoga, practice breathing exercise techniques, and find inner peace by connecting within. ☯️

Adult Virtual Coloring | Fri., Dec. 17 | 2 p.m. | Color and chat from the comfort of your own home. 🖍️

Teen Dungeons and Dragons | Wed., Dec. 22 | 5-7 p.m. | Join in on a fantasy tabletop role-playing adventure — no experience necessary. 🐉

Looks like our weekend is fully booked. Let us know if you’ve been to the Central Library or tag us in your photos on Instagram.