Many times, these buildings will just sit there untouched and slowly fall into ruin. They are often covered in graffiti, decked in spider webs, and they look like something out of a horror film.
McAllen is a town in the southern section of Texas that saw one of its Walmart locations go out of business and sit idle for many years. After the store shuttered, it eventually fell into the property of the city, and the decision was made to turn the building into a public library.
At the size of nearly two-and-a-half football fields, it is now the largest single location public library in the United States.
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The city had 124,500 empty square feet to utilize.
The firm of Meyer, Scherer and Rockcastle, Ltd. of Minneapolis was brought in to design the interior.
The redesign was a smashing success among designers. It won the 2012 Library Interior Design Competition held by the International Interior Design Association.
The remodel was also a success for the library’s business. Membership increased by 23 percent the year it opened.
It has large children’s sections, and even has its own soundproof room for teenagers.
It also features 14 study rooms, 64 computer labs, 10 computer labs for kids, two genealogy labs, and 15 public meetings spaces.