DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A new $500 million library expansion project is underway at Dallas Public Library, and that means more library branches and more people coming to the library for reading.
The project, called the Dallas Public library’s Community Library Program, is expected to expand its branches and add 1,000 new positions to the workforce, as well as create more opportunities for students.
It also includes the first branch opening in the city in nearly 20 years.
The $500-million expansion of the Dallas public library system is the latest expansion in a decade.
The Dallas Public was established in 1923.
The first library in the country was opened in 1956.
Today, there are more than 1,700 branches and 1,200 employees, according to a Dallas Public News article.
In the past year, the Dallas branch has added more than 700 new positions, the library’s website said.
The expansion also includes opening a new, dedicated reading room and a new reading room for young adults.
The new facilities will open in late June and the Dallas area is expected by the end of June, the news article said.
The new library will also provide more than 100,000 square feet of additional reading space.
The library system was established by the City of Dallas in 1925.
It has been serving more than 11 million patrons annually.