July 2012 | Nate Pedersen

Library Reclaims Abandoned Walmart

Last weekend, news broke about a town in Texas that reclaimed an abandoned Walmart and turned it into a public library.  After moving into the new building, the library saw a 23% increase in new user registration.

What follows is a photo gallery of the Walmart-turned-library in McAllen, Texas, which also won the Interior Design Association's 2012 Library Interior Design Competition

All of the photos were taken by Lara Swimmer and are used here with her permission:

users2.jpgScore one for the reclamation of public space from the corporate sphere! 

Perhaps all those empty Borders sitting around the country are next in line...