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National Contest Says Reno Downtown Library Has Coolest Interior

Gale Cengage /  Flickr
 

Gale Cengage / Flickr

People who voted in a nationwide contest decided that the Downtown Reno Library has the  “coolest internal space” in the competition. 

The Downtown Reno library is concrete on the outside. 

But inside is a lush jungle. Skylights bathe 1,500 tropical plants, books and readers in sunlight. Below is a fountain. 

Scottie Wallace is the branch manager. She’s been there 11 years.

“I love this building," says Wallace. "What’s not to love? It is just beautiful. The trees and the layout it is just incredible."

The coolest interior award comes with $500 from library support services company Cengage Learning. That money will be combined with a $500 private donation and a $90,000 grant from the Federal Library Services and Technology Act.

The money will pay for science, technology, engineering and math education materials from Reno to Incline Village. 

Library Technologist Mark Tiar entered the library into the contest.

“As a father of two children in an elementary school in a state that sorely needs education funding, I wanted to put it towards that," Tiar says.

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