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Q: I have noticed many vinyl record stores opening in the Metroplex in the last few years  and have been reading in print media of its superior frequency range and warmth of sound  compared to compact discs. Does the Dallas Public Library have any vinyl albums? If so, what do you have?

A: The Fine Arts Division of the Central library has a vinyl collection of over 35,000 records, in a vast array of musical styles and genres. Here are a few examples: The collection of classical recordings is extensive, featuring such … Continue reading

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I’m a teacher, and I used to bring my class to the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library every year for a tour. We always had fun exploring everything in The Children’s Center, and it was a great way for my students to become familiar with the public library. Are there any plans to make this service available again?

YES! With the increase in hours and staff, The Children’s Center is once again offering tours, and we are so excited! Teachers, or other group leaders, can schedule a tour for a day and time that best fits their schedule. … Continue reading

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I’m thinking about getting my first tattoo and I’d like to do some research on the history of tattoos and maybe even browse through some books to get ideas for designs. Does the library have anything that might help me get started with the process?

Sure, whether you’re looking for design inspiration or some social or historical background on tattoos, you’ll find lots about “ink” at the Dallas Public Library. For instance, did you know that Ötzi the Iceman who died in the Italian Alps … Continue reading

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My dream job is to work at the Central Library. You get to meet interesting people, you get asked unusual questions and you likely have lots of time to read all the latest books. Is it as much fun as it looks?

It is fun working at the library, but we don’t have much time to read!  There is so much going on at the Downtown Branch.  This past year we’ve seen many new faces, we’ve added more programming and services, and we’ve … Continue reading

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I’m trying to come up with a unique gift idea for the upcoming holiday. Any suggestions?

How about a historic photograph for a gallery wall! The Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division on the 7th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library has a significant collection of historic images of Dallas, many of which adorn the … Continue reading

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