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New Central Library Has Highest Parking Fees In Texas

By Bill Oakey – November 3, 2017

You owe it to yourself to check out the new Central Library. It is a fabulous showcase, so much more than just a library. There is an art gallery, gift shop, restaurant and rooftop garden. Plus several event spaces available for rent. The views from the building are stunning, and the atmosphere is unlike any library you’ve ¬†ever seen in a library.

But there is just one problem…It’s that horribly ugly thing called parking. Fortunately, the first 30 minutes are free. So, it won’t cost you anything to drop off some books or pick up books that you placed on hold. But the clock will be ticking and here’s how the parking fees will add up:

From 31 minute up to an hour – $3.00
Over 1 hour, up to 2 hours = $5.00
Over 2 hours, up to 7 hours = $7.00
Over 7 hours, up to 10 hours = $9.00
The peak is $30.00 for over 12 hours. If you fall asleep for that long, you probably deserve to be charged that much!

How Much Do Other Cities Charge for Central Library Parking?

  1. In San Antonio, parking is free for up to 3 hours.
  2. In Dallas, parking is free for the first 15 minutes, then it’s $.75 per hour for the next two hours.
  3. Houston charges $2.00 per hour, but surely we can do anything better than Houston!
  4. Even Los Angeles only charges $1.00 for the first hour and a flat rate of $1.00 after 3:00 PM on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Stay Tuned…

I have been in touch with library officials and several members of the City Council. This battle looks like it might be winnable. Keep your fingers crossed! In the meantime, you should go down there and check out this amazing facility.

Read Kylie McGivern’s KXAN news report on Central Library parking here.

Musical Accompaniment for This Blog Piece:

  1. “My Heart Is An Open Book” – Carl Dobkins, Jr.
  2. “You Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover” – Bo Diddley
  3. “Book of Love” – The Monotones
  4. “I Could Write a Book” – Peggy Lee
  5. “Fun Fun Fun” – The Beach Boys (rare stereo version)
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