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The largest single-story public library in the United States once housed cosmetics, camping equipment, and guns at rock-bottom prices. No, this isn’t a local government’s attempt to lure in more readers. The McAllen Public Library in McAllen, Texas used to be a Walmart.

The massive space, measuring about 2.5 football fields in size, stood vacant until Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd. came along with a fresh redesign plan that removed the old ceiling and interior dividers. The resulting open space created an abundance of room to fit an auditorium, computers lab, learning centers and meeting rooms, and reading lounges.

Since opening, library registrations have risen 23 percent.

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