The need in Dallas is vast with the pandemic affecting so many. If our library isn’t given the resources when it is safe to reopen the impact will be on those with the greatest need.
On September 23, the Dallas City Council approved a $1.4 billion general revenue budget for the 2021 fiscal year.
We were pleased that the Library was not significantly impacted in the coming year. Included in the Library's budget is funding for 2,100 more WiFi hotspots and a much-needed, new website.
Thank you to all our incredible volunteers who made time to attend budget town hall meetings and contacting councilmembers.
And, our thanks to the Dallas City Council and City Staff for recognizing the Library's essential role in our community.
Friends of the Dallas Public Library does more than raise funds to support the Library. We are also the citizen voice of support for the work of the library with our elected officials at City Hall. For 70 years, Friends board members, staff and volunteers have worked closely with mayors, city councilmembers and other elected officials to ensure that the City's budget includes sufficient investment in the Dallas Public Library to meet the needs of our community. These efforts have resulted in millions of dollars in investment across our 29 library branches.
The Friends remains committed to continuing our own effort to surround the library staff and Dallas residents with the services and resources they need through our own private fundraising efforts, and we seek to be a good partner to the library and the City.