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'University' Park Finally Lives Up to Name, Gets Real Home for its Public Library

by Jerome Weeks 25 Jan 2011 9:23 AM

UP residents used to trot over to Highland Park or Dallas to use those library systems. Then the Friends of the UP Library got a temp home for the library — but you kind of had to know where it was to find it. Now the library is getting a permanent home.


One reason, years and years ago, that local public libraries started enforcing rules that ‘only residents with library cards could rent our books’ was the fact that University Park didn’t really have a library — and UP residents would trot over to Highland Park or Dallas to mooch off those systems. Eventually, thanks to the Friends of the University Park Library, the library got a temporary space on the second floor of a building off Hillcrest. It was something of a municipal secret: You really had to know where the library was to find it and use it.

But this month, UP City Council has approved a deal to get the library a permanent home (DMN subscriber status necessary) in the Plaza at Preston Center. Now the Friends have to raise $10 million.