Officials in McAllen, Texas decided that they weren’t going to let a perfectly good abandoned Walmart location go to waste. Rather than let nearly 2.5 football fields of space rot and decay, they decided to transform it into something useful and amazing.
It has now become the largest single-floor public library in the United States of America at 124,500 square feet.
Here is what it looked like before Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd. of Minneapolis was brought in to redesign the space:
As you can see, it all started out as an empty warehouse, which once served as a full-blown Walmart. All it took was a bit of inspiration, imagination, a new ceiling, and lots of color for this to occur:
Visit this beautiful library and you’ll get to partake of a full computer lab, 16 public meeting spaces, 14 study rooms, and two genealogy research computer stations.
Head outside and you can enjoy beautiful library grounds:
Cicero once said, “If you have a library and a garden, you have everything you need.” Hence, it can be said that the town of McAllen, Texas has everything it needs.
According to the library directors, new user registration increased by an impressive 23 percent.
What was once a warehouse filled with numerous items humanity never really needed in the first place, now it is filled with a purpose far greater.