It's too crowded - you'll have to sit next to rude, dangerous parolees and mentally ill panhandlers screaming in your ear. The librarians chat too loud and create a bad learning environment. The guards bully customers. The janitors don't clean anything. The books are too old with pages ripped out. The computers are obsolete and the waiting list too long. Gays will follow you into the restroom to peep. I've seen better libraries in other states.
Want to know about how Austin became what it is today? Then a stop here is essential.. In Short The building, erected in 1933 to house the Austin Public Library, contains more than one million items documenting Austin's history from before its 1839 founding to the present. Stocked with local authors, historic maps, manuscripts, reports, budgets, directories, minutes and statistics, the library has more than 12,500 biographies on residents who influenced the community, more than 758,000 historic photos and illustrations, and an in-house photo lab that can duplicate images for you on order.