Our Dallas Public Library system needs your support! Over 6.4 million people visited a Dallas Public Library in 2014 - that's more people than attended every Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, Dallas Stars, Dallas Mavericks games, and the State Fair of Texas combined! The Dallas Public Library is an essential resource for people looking for jobs, looking to do well in school, and for people without Internet access.
The sole mission of the Friends of the Dallas Public Library is to support the library system. Since we began in 1950 our impact has been enormous:
- Organized the campaign to build the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
- Led the way in the creation of 29 branches throughout the City of Dallas
- Funded two Bookmobiles that deliver library services directly to Dallas neighborhoods
- Continues the floor by floor renovation of the Central Library
- Developed one of the finest rare book collections housed in a public library
- Generates grants and scholarships for the devoted library staff
- Provides funding for programs vital to Dallas citizens of all ages, including free GED and ESL classes and Inspired Aging for seniors
- Created Books for Dallas Babies, a program focused on informing low-income new mothers on the importance of early childhood development, and about the valuable resources the library offers for her and her child
Private support of our library system has a long tradition in Dallas. Our first dedicated public library was funded by a gift from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie along with matching monies contributed by local supporters. Our city fathers knew then, as we know now, that a strong and vibrant library system is at the heart of Dallas' continued growth and prosperity.
Join now and make a profound difference in our beloved library system during these challenging times. Thank you for helping ensure our library's future.