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Sneak Peek: The First Floor of the New Downtown Library

ARLINGTON, Texas (May 18, 2018) When the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library opens to the public on June 16, it will be a welcoming hub for all members of the Arlington community.

The new library is designed to meet the technological and educational needs of a vibrant, modern society. With three levels, 80,000 square feet of community spaces, meeting rooms, computers, rooftop gardens, and of course books, there will be something for everyone. The library’s first floor offers a friendly welcome to this unique space.

The Lobby

Visitors are welcomed into the library through the Ruthie Brock and Allan Saxe Lobby, but this two-story, window-lined space is more than simply an entrance. Enjoy Wi-fi access in a dedicated lounge, or in benches and open seating throughout the lobby. An express computer stations offers fast Internet access to patrons who need to get online immediately. Stop by the lobby’s vending machines or occasional pop-up shops from local restaurants for a quick bite to enjoy outdoors.

The lobby also houses several sustainability resources for the community, which are sponsored by a grant from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club. Shop for recycled, sustainable, and renewable library gear at the Sustainability Shop, which will be open in the lobby during library hours. Community recycling bins and a seed library will also available in the lobby.

After enjoying the lobby’s geometric light fixtures or people-watching through the street-level view of Center Street, explore the rest of the first floor...

Read the full story on MyArlingtonTX. Our thanks to the City of Arlington for sharing this insider's look.