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The Downtown Branch is the "popular reading" section of the Library. It contains works on a variety of subjects for the general reader, whereas the other Central divisions go into their subjects more in-depth. The Downtown Branch is designed to be a cross between a Branch library and a bookstore.
Fiction: Popular and current fiction, hardback and paperback, emphasis on bestsellers and popular authors. Genres include mystery, science fiction, romance paperbacks, and series romance paperbacks.
Non-fiction: Emphasis is on popular non-fiction titles on a variety of subjects, especially in medical and diet information, true crime, cookbooks, issues surrounding divorce, resume writing and interviewing, decorating, and biography. Special areas include travel, consumer, computer.
Books on Tape: This highly popular area includes fiction titles and nonfiction titles with an emphasis in psychological motivation, business motivation, languages, history and biography. The Downtown Branch is the only library unit with language instruction tapes.
Large print: This area contains fiction, mysteries, westerns, mysteries and a variety of non-fiction titles with special emphasis on inspirational works, biographies, health and retirement planning.
Videos: The Downtown Branch's DVD and VHS collection includes feature films, television series and a small amount nonfiction videos primarily on the subjects of the natural world, exercise, parenting, travel, history and biography.
Spanish Language: The Downtown Branch's Spanish language collection contains popular fiction, mostly in translation from English, and nonfiction books on business, parenting and spirituality. This collection also includes videos and magazines.
Magazines: The Downtown Branch's collection of magazines can be checked out for 3 weeks, just like the books, and has a variety of popular interest magazines (i.e. Family Circle, GQ Sports Illustrated). Magazines are shelved in one area with the exception of computer, consumer, Spanish language, travel and Young Adult magazines which are shelved in their subject areas.
The Downtown Branch also operates a General Reference Desk. At this desk, staff of the Dallas Public Library are available to provide telephone reference assistance (214-670-1700) to residents and nonresidents of the City of Dallas. Trained staff will assist you in finding out about people, businesses, places, library programs, organizations, current events, sports, government, grammar, spelling, definitions, statistics, weights and measures, distances, and much more.
Residents and non-residents are welcome to visit us on the 1st floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, in downtown Dallas. We can show you how to use the online computer catalog, find materials and information in the library and on the internet, use online periodical indexes to find magazine articles, arrange for a database search in a specific area, use equipment for the visually impaired, locate addresses and phone numbers in the United States and abroad, access electronic books via Netlibrary, and more.