Old Wal-Mart transformed into amazing public library7/6/2012
Stranger than fiction — or at least better. An abandoned Wal-Mart store in McAllen, Texas, has been transformed into a spiffy, sprawling public library. In fact, at 124,500 square feet (roughly the size of 2 1/2 football fields), it's the largest single-story library in the United States and includes conference rooms, a coffee shop, a copy center, areas for teenage patrons to talk and a computer lab with 64 terminals, all to serve a town in which fewer than 150,000 people live, Good Design reports. The space is a huge hit with residents and critics, winning awards from both the American Library Association and the International Interior Design Association. Like the books it houses, it's totally worth checking out
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