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McAllen is a town in the southern section of Texas. There was an abandoned Walmart warehouse which is as big as two and-a-half football fields. But they repurposed it into a fantastic library. When the Walmart has shifted to a new larger area, the city purchased the building thinking they can convert it to a place where people can gather. Then they transformed the building to country's largest single story public library.
1 This huge abandoned building in McAllen, Texas was once a Walmart that went out of business.
The large space measuring nearly two-and-a-half football fields was left for ruin but happened next though is remarkable!
2 The vast property was purchased by the firm, Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd. of Minneapolis.
They had a big project in mind. They began to redesign and repurpose the interior of the building to be a public library!
3 The design firm did so well it won the 2012 Library Interior Design Competition!
The International Interior Design Association which sponsors the competition affirmed the innovative idea was a success. AND the library membership grew 23% the year it opened compared to the public library prior.
4 Very Kid Friendly
Soundproof rooms were installed for teenagers, as well as a large children’s sections made especially for them.
This extensive library also features 14 study rooms, 64 computer labs, ten computer labs for kids, two genealogy labs, and 15 public meetings spaces. Most of all it's a hot spot for the community with locals feeling its the coolest building in town.
6 Its all encompassing with something for everyone to experience and learn.
It even hosts theater screenings, classes, and lectures on a variety of subjects. And there's a cafe, art gallery, and used book store too!
7 The McAllen, Texas library is the largest single public library in the US
Everyday people line-up to get in.
Wouldnt it be amazing if more abandoned building could be repurposed into amazing spaces for communities?