The Dallas Public Library Builds Community
The Dallas Public Library is a unique local institution that reflects and sustains its community by connecting people, inspiring curiosity and advancing lives.


In 2018:

  • Over 9 million people visited a Dallas Public Library location or accessed the library online and 46,000 new library cards were issued
  • Nearly 500,000 attended a program or event at one of the 29 branch locations. Programs such as English Language Learning Classes, early childhood storytimes, SMART Summer at the Dallas Public Library, GED classes and GED Testing Center
  • More than 8,000,000 items circulated with an additional 4,000,000 digital items checked out
  • Provided more than 15,000 free lunches and nearly 4,500 free snacks to children and teens at 19 branches


Since 1950, Friends of the Dallas Public Library has worked tirelessly to support and advocate for our library system, its 29 (soon to be 30) branch locations, the staff, facilities and programs. In recent years, we’ve been involved in capital campaigns to renovate the Central Library downtown and partnering with corporations, foundations and private individuals to fund critical projects and programs like the ones mentioned above.

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