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Building History

An historic celebration in Oak Cliff

Devon A. Mosley | 4/29/2013, 7:14 p.m.
The library’s new facade – red, clear and different shades of blue glass panes interspersed in a rectangular prism through ...
The newly remodeled Polk-Wisdom Branch Library interior. Dallas Public Library

The library is in the process of attaining its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – or LEED – Gold certification, which includes energy efficient lighting, a ground source heat pump system for heating and cooling, water efficient landscaping, excellent in-door air quality – by uses of environmentally friendly materials – and the use of the local building materials described earlier in the article. Additionally, for those who like to search the internet on personal laptop computers, the library has free Wi-Fi.

Located at 7151 Library Lane, its hours of operation are Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is closed on Sunday and Monday.

A perspective tour of the library

Walking through the front entrance into the lobby, it is not difficult to discern how much the branch library has changed. As you stand in the lobby, which takes up some of the newly added 800 square feet to the original library – you find standard restrooms and display cases of the library’s history and design. When you look to the right, you see a grand auditorium – or public meeting place with space for 98 – with chairs and the Texas and American standards, as well as a kitchenette.

Crossing the lobby, you walk into a brand-new large classroom, which can be transformed into two classrooms by a divider. Moving on down toward the entrance to the actual library, you come to a book drop to your right, just before the self-service checkout stations.

Staying to the right of the entrance to the library space and circling the room counterclockwise, you enter the children’s section, where you first come to two, Early Learning System touchscreen computers that provide 35 educational and entertaining games for 2 through 12 year olds, and a moveable story time space.

If you move farther up the room, you come to a movable study space and the adult fiction section. Here, you can study in chairs, within the movable study space, or at a window seat, from which you can stare out into a courtyard with budding plants. Continuing on across the back side of the library, you come to the adult nonfiction section where you find 16 public computers, another movable study space and a teen area. The adult nonfiction section includes an African American and Latino section, containing new books for all age levels on religion, biographies and other subjects.