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COVID-19 Updates and Information.

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Master Plan Virtual Town Hall - Extended!

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Bennett Williams chosen to help Mayor light the Holiday Tree in Snider Plaza.

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November 2020 UPdate.

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Virtual Snider Plaza Tree Lighting - November 22

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Young resident to help Mayor light the Holiday Tree in Snider Plaza.

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Wednesday, December 2 at 3:45 p.m. - Virtual Preschool STEAM and Stories.

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Thursday, December 3 at 10:45 a.m. - Virtual Toddler Story - UP Public Library

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Friday, December 4 at 10:45 a.m. - Virtual Baby Story Time.

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Wednesday, December 9 at 3:45 p.m. - Virtual Preschool STEAM and Stories.

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Thursday, December 10 at 10:45 a.m. - Virtual Toddler Story - UP Public Library

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Friday, December 11 at 10:45 a.m. - Virtual Baby Story Time.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - City Council Meeting

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Friends of the Public Library at University Park
The First Chapters of the University Park Public Library

In 1987 a group of Cub Scouts banded together under the leadership of Den Mother Diane Galloway to raise $20,000 towards funding a University Park library. Community supporters founded a Friends group which received its tax-exempt, non-profit status in 1989 and elected Winnie Hamlin as its first President.

In 1997 the City of University Park challenged the Friends to raise $300,000 in six months to prove there was community support for a library. The Friends were successful—securing a $100,000 donation from Merrill Lynch and $1,000 each from 200 residents, known as the Pioneer 200.

In 2000 longtime Friends’ members Mary and Albert Huddleston gave the Friends 5000 square feet of office space in a Snider Plaza bank building for an incredible lease rate of $1 per year. With donated books, makeshift shelving, and an enthusiastic volunteer staff, the University Park Book Bank celebrated its grand opening on June 7, 2001.

In 2002 the Friends hired Lee Shuey, MLS as its first Director and in 2005 formally changed the library’s name to University Park Public Library. The Friends continued to operate the Library with annual grants from the City of University Park and generous contributions from UP residents, La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas, and other charitable organizations including the Summerlee, Hoblitzelle and Harry W. Bass, Jr. foundations. The Library currently has three full-time professional librarians and is open to patrons 44 hours per week.

In 2011 the City of University Park and the Friends entered into a Partnership Agreement with the City operating the Library as a City department. In early 2013 the Library opened the doors of its permanent home in a five-story building in The Plaza at Preston Center. Since 2013, the Friends has donated over $1,600,000 in support of the library’s programming, operations and technology. The Friends will continue their fundraising efforts to further enhance our Library. 

We encourage all UP residents to join the Friends in support of your community library!

Click here to visit the Friends of the University Park Public Library website. 


Friends of the Library - Second Chapter Bookstore´╗┐


Have you stopped by Second Chapter Bookstore yet? Located in Snider Plaza, the shop specializes in finding new, loving homes for used donated books. The ultimate goal of Second Chapter Bookstore is to support and raise awareness of the crown jewel of our community, the University Park Public Library!

Bookstore hours: Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (no longer 2 p.m)
Address: 6827 Snider Plaza, Dallas, TX 75205 (across from CVS and next to AYA Med Spa)

*Second Chapter Bookstore aims to be a safe place for our community. Social Distancing protocols and procedures will be observed, and masks are required. Please know only nine individuals will be allowed in the store at one time.