Richardson Public Library – Richardson, Texas

The mission of the Library is to make freely and readily available to the citizens of the community materials that will aid them in the pursuit of education, information, and recreation. The Library seeks to promote activities and ideas that will stimulate, enrich and expand the interests of both children and adults and cooperate with other educational, cultural, social, and civic groups in the community in areas of mutual interest.

The Richardson Public Library began in 1947 as a branch of the Dallas County Library. It occupied a few crowded shelves in the back room of the Cash Dry Goods store at 108 East Main St. Miss Jessie Durham, the proprietor of the store, served as librarian. The population of Richardson was then 1,200, and the library collection numbered four hundred volumes.

Eleven years later, a City ordinance authorized the Library as an official City department. A $100,000 bond issue was approved to cover the costs of the construction of a new building. On Nov. 22, 1959, citizens literally carried the books from the Cash Dry Goods store to the new location at 310 East Tyler. This 5,800 square foot, the red-brick building sat behind the police station and consisted of two rooms separated by the circulation desk. The population of Richardson was then about 12,000.

By 1965, the Library had again outgrown its space. In July, the citizens approved bonds to finance a new location. The current Library building opened its doors on Dec. 1, 1970, at an estimated cost of $2 million. The city population was then nudging 50,000. The 81,650 square foot, the four-story building opened with the use of two floors and a small portion of a third. By 1980, the basement reference department had been added. In 1993, a bond election was approved to finish the third floor, install a second public elevator, and totally renovate the remaining space. In February 1995, the work was completed, and the building opened to the public

Book a Librarian

The “Book a Librarian” service offers a free 30-60 minute appointment with a knowledgeable librarian. They will assist you with your personal, educational, and business information needs. Feel free to contact us if you need help finding a good book or using our resources to find information.

Books by Mail

The Library offers Books by Mail services to homebound patrons, making Library materials available to those who are unable to visit the Library in person.  Audiobooks, music CDs, and nonfiction DVDs–as well as regular and large print books–are all included in this service.  

Book Match

Looking for your next great read?  You can fill in the form on their website with your reading preferences and our book selection experts will take care of the rest.


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