A Town Converted An Abandoned Walmart Into One Gigantic Public Library

mcallen library

Photo: Courtesy of Lara Swimmer

What would you do with an old abandoned Walmart?Creating a massive library probably isn’t the first thing to come to mind, but that’s what happened in the town of McAllen, Texas, reports Dave Pinter at PSFK.

It inherited the location after Walmart closed the store and left for a larger local spot. So, McAllen got architecture firm Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle to come in design the interior of a new library. McAllen architects Boultinghouse Simpson designed the building’s exterior.

It’s a 124,000 square foot space — that’s about 2-and-a-half football fields — which make it the biggest single-story library in the country.

Lara Swimmer of Swimmer Photo took some shots of the Walmart-turned-library, and gave us permission to run them here.

Here's what the space used to look like

Now, it has a brand new entryway

Here's the main aisle — you can see how much space they have

This orange area has all the services

Another shot of the service area

There are also lounges for people to read

The sections are marked by big signs like this one

The whole place is colourful

Here's the floor plan of the library

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