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Location & Contact

Anywhere you are!
214-670-1400 askalibrarian@dallaslibrary.org
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Service Hours

Always Open

“Even when the library is closed, you have options! Scroll down to see some of the many things you can do online.”

Access digital content

  • Overdrive
    Download music and audiobooks in a variety of formats, also ebooks and some video! These materials are free to holders of Dallas Public Library cards; however, these digital media have limited check-out periods just like other library materials.

    Quick guide: list of supported devices

Access your library account

  • Access Your Account
    By logging in here you can renew items that you already have checked out, pay your fines, even request items to be sent to yor nearest Branch Library.

Access subject guides

  • Subject Guides Created by staff of the Urban Information Center, these web pages help you do things like:

Find electronic books

  • netLibrary
    This database provides access to some 30,000 electronic books viewable using the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Find local, community resources

  • Community Information Database
    Use this search tool to find contact information for 5,000 local nonprofits, government agencies and hobby clubs. It also includes links to their websites, where available.

Get live homework help

  • Dallas After School Homework Help (DASH)
    As a Dallas Library cardholder you or your child can receive free, one-on-one tutoring from qualified teachers in all kinds of subjects including English, Math and Science! You can receive help with résumés and cover letters, test preparation, and more.
  • Homework Help websites
    Staff from the library Children's Center have pulled together a list of the best homework and Science Fair help websites.

Get video help with our website

  • Dallas Online Tutorial System (DOTS)
    Do you sometimes wonder how to use the library catalog's more advanced features? How about placing an Interlibrary Loan request or filling out a City of Dallas job application using NeoGov? We have created videos to help you.

Hear a story

  • Call the Library's Storyline: 214-446-2222

Place an Interlibrary Loan request

  • Interlibrary Loan
    If we don't own it, and you are a Dallas Library card holder, we can attempt to borrow the item from another libary.

Read full-text magazines and journal articles

  • Databases
    Have you ever tried to access a website online only to find out that the content was available to subscribers only? As a Dallas Public Library cardholder, you have access to literally thousands of magazines and journals, many of which are available in full text. For example, you can access the Dallas Morning News historical archive, The New York Times, Consumer Reports, the Journal of the American Medical Society and many, many more. Each database is organized by topic.

    You can use this finder tool to see if we have access to a particular title, but please note that it is not comprehensive. (We subscribe to some databases this tool doesn't index.)

Recursos en Español (Resources in Spanish)

Search for books

  • Library Catalog
    If you can't find what you are looking for in the Dallas Public Library system, then try search the OCLC Worldcat database. After you search, click on the record and then on "libraries worldwide". It will show a list of libraries that own the item, starting with ones in Texas. You can then place an Interlibrary Loan request.

Search for upcoming programs & events

  • Calendar
    Use this tool to locate upcoming events at all of our 26 locations. There is even an RSS feed.

View an online exhibit

  • Online exhibits
    Our Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division has organized online exhibits of tremendous depth and beauty.