• Invitations to special library and Friends programs
  • Opportunities to advocate on behalf of our library system
  • Membership Card
  • A subscription to our electronic newsletter
  • Invitation to the Annual Meeting and Fall Benefit
  • All Supporter level benefits plus
  • FODPL commemorative eco-friendly shopping tote
  • $10 contribution to the local branch Friends group of your choice (please indicate your Branch selection in the Notes field.)
  • Acknowledgement on our donor page

Collector - $500 ($400 is deductible)

Friend - $25 ($25 is deductible)

programs

FODPL supports GED preparation and English as Second Language classes, the Dallas Book Festival, Every Child Ready To Read, Books For Dallas Babies and so much more!

Who Needs Libraries?

Over 7.2 million people visited a Dallas Public Library branch in person or online in 2016.

mission

Friends of the Dallas Public Library (FODPL) is the 501c3 that raises financial support and awareness for the Dallas Public Library system.

FoDPL History

March 13,1950 - Friends of the Dallas Public Library (FODPL) founded by a group of 23 citizens determined to hold the City of Dallas accountable to expand and improve the Dallas Public Library system.


October 1951 - Friends present the City of Dallas with a new bookmobile to increase delivery of library services to underserved neighborhoods


1970- FoDPL begins acquiring rare and fine treasures including examples of book arts from ancient beginnings such as papyrus sheets and clay tablets to modern fine presses. These acquisitions served as the foundation for the Dallas Public Library’s Rare and Fine Book Collection.


2015- FoDPL celebrates 65 years of support for the Dallas Public Library system. Our work continues to be relevant as libraries remain at the forefront of providing free access to information. Please join us as we continue our mission.


2016 - FoDPL partners with Dallas Public Library to present the Dallas Book Festival, featuring over 100 national, regional and local authors with 4,000 in attendance. Also, partnering with Parkland Hospital, FoDPL launched Books For Dallas Babies, which provides a copy of the bilingual book Read To Me/Vamos a Leer, to every new baby born at Parkland.

  • All Collector level benefits plus
  • A Dallas library card for non-city residents ($200 value)
  • Four free tickets to the Friends' Annual Meeting
  • Sponsor purchase of books for 20 children for Books For Dallas Babies
  • You will become a book hero with a book of your choice donated to the library in your honor (included personalized nameplate)

Bibliophile - $250 ($225 is deductible)

Membership Levels (annual)

  • All Bibliophile level benefits plus
  • Two free tickets to the Friends' Annual Meeting
  • Sponsor purchase of books for 10 children for Books For Dallas Babies
  • All Friend level benefits

Supporter - $50 ($50 is deductible)

  • All Sustainer level benefits plus
  • FoDPL notepad and pen
  • Complimentary parking at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library

1950 Society - $1950 ($1800 is deductible)

Book Hero - $1000 ($900 is deductible)

Named after 1950, the year we were founded

  • All Book Hero level benefits plus
  • A Dallas library card for non-city residents ($200 value)
  • Eight free tickets to the Friends' Annual Meeting
  • Sponsor purchase of books for 50 children for Books For Dallas Babies
  • You will become a book hero with a book of your choice donated to the library in your honor (included personalized nameplate)
  • VIP access to the Dallas Book Festival

Sustainer - $100 ($90 is deductible)