Our Mission

For more than 65 years, Friends of the Dallas Public Library (501c3) has devoted its energy to raising financial support and awareness for the Dallas Public Library system and its educational programs.

Programs supported by Friends of the Dallas Public Library include GED classes and testing, ESL classes, library staff development opportunities, preschool story times, the annual Mayor's Summer Reading Challenge, Books for Dallas Babies and many other vital opportunities that ensure the Dallas Public Library remains a vital cornerstone of civic life in Dallas.

All of these programs and classes are offered FREE. Dallas Public Libraries are open to all, and with the support of our members and donors, we are committed to continue our efforts and make the library an invaluable community resource now and for generations to come.

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Support our Libraries!

To make a contribution to the Freda Gail Stern Memorial fund, please click below. The family will be notified of your donation. If you prefer to send a check, please make payable to FODPL with Freda Gail Stern Memorial in the memo line. If you would like to make a donation over the phone or for further assistance, please call our office at 214.670.1458.

To read more about this fierce library advocate and friend, please visit  this link.

Support our organization with an annual gift

Support Books For Dallas BAbies

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BackPACK challenge

Join the Dallas Public Library in supporting National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week by participating in the 2017 Winter Backpack Challenge and help reach their goal of 350 filled backpacks!


Work with friends and co-workers to donate new or gently used backpacks, wool or fleece blankets, rain ponchos, scarves, winter hats, gloves, socks, water bottles, notes of encouragement as well as travel sized toiletries and decks of cards. Any of the mentioned items, or a completed backpack can be brought to any Dallas Public Library location by Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Backpacks will be distributed Wednesday, November 22.

Please limit donations to the requested items.


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Support Books For Dallas Babies, our collaboration with Parkland Health and Hospital, which provides a new book to each baby born at Parkland. The bilingual book Read to Me/Vamos a Leer empowers the new parent to be their baby's first teacher and encourages them to visit their public library for resources for the entire family.