One thing you notice immediately upon stepping inside the new downtown library is, well … the rest of downtown. Every floor-to-ceiling window in the newly opened River Center branch showcases some facet of the cityscape.
There’s the historic Old State Capitol standing proudly to the west, the bustle of Galvez Plaza just outside the north entrance, and you can catch a glimpse of the Mississippi River bridge from the top floor’s southern-facing windows.
But look within, and you’ll see the city there, too. The walls are adorned with mural-sized maps of Baton Rouge from the ’60s and of the river and all its incremental course changes over time.