Dallas Public Library
The history of the Dallas Public Library extends all the way back to 1898, when The Dallas Federation of Women's Clubs was established. Their first project was to establish a public library for the city of Dallas. Mrs. Henry Exall requested and received a $50,000 grant form Andrew Carnagie to build a library if the city of Dallas agrees to provide a site and propagate $4,000 a year for operations. Two years later, the first city-owned library opened at Commerce and Harwood.
The original library that was established in 1901 opened with only 9,852 books and housed the first public art gallery on the second story of the original building. In 1954 the original Carnagie building was demolished in favor of a state-of-the-art six-story building that was home for 433,000 books. During the nineteen sixties and seventies seventeen more branches were added to the library system. In 1972 the library system had once again outgrown its central location and the City of Dallas designated the 114,000 square foot site located at the corner of Young and Ervay as the location for the new central brach of the Dallas Public Library. The new location is host to over 2.5 million articles including books, magazines, casettes and videos.
The library system of Dallas now consists of the central location and twenty-two branch locations throughout Dallas communities. The central branch is located at 1515 Young St., Dallas, TX 75201. For information call 214.670.1400. The central location is open Monday through Thursday from 9am to 9pm, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm*. All branch locations are open 47 hours a week.
*Hours subject to change without notice