South Irving Library is the system’s newest location and a recognized regional stop for Young Adult author visits. Stop by to visit the Discovery Zone educational play area, MiY makerspace with 3D printing capabilities and Quiet Room with a breathtaking view of Centennial Park. Get a tour of the library and learn about services from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23. Finish out the week with the library’s annual fall carnival and Haunted Fairytale Forest.
South Irving Library's story begins much earlier. In 2008, the Irving Public Library made a bold move by presenting the plans for a new location in south Irving to replace the aging Central Library. It was to be an open and flexible building better able to meet the changing needs of Irving’s residents. On Jan. 31, 2015, the gate rolled down for the final time, marking the end of Central Library’s era, and the start of a seven-week project to move the collection of 250,000 books, movies and music to the new location at 601 Schulze Drive.
With a new location and the same great services, the South Irving Library opened March 21. Nestled between picturesque Millennium and Centennial Parks in the Heritage Crossing area, the building is the largest library in the city, with 52,570 square feet of space. It also contains innovative technological, cultural and educational offerings for all ages. The state-of-the-art building combines the best of energy efficiency and space design with traditional library amenities. Visitors to the new South Irving Library discover more study rooms, quiet zones and flexible meeting spaces, customized furnishings, and faster Internet speed via Wi-Fi.
The South Irving Library continues the legacy of the former Central Library as it writes its own chapter as a center of the community. It is also a designated Family Place Library location.
Many people ask what happened to the old Central Library building. The building has now become a multipurpose facility, housing library staff on the top floor. The Study USA now occupies the second floor. Plans are currently underway to transform the first floor into the Irving Archives and Museum.