MCALLEN - The City of McAllen has spent $24 million transforming the former 123,000-sf Walmart into a library.
The building includes a computer lab, a cafe, meeting rooms with videoconferencing capabilities and a 180-seat auditorium.
Residents have flocked to the new library, which opened its doors in December. It now serves more than double the number of patrons it did in the old building — about 62,000 people visited in July, up from 28,000 in July 2011.
The makeover impressed judges from the American Library Association and the International Interior Design Association, who named the McAllen library the overall winner of their 2012 Library Interior Design Awards. See "Between the covers" on NewsTalk Texas.
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