Exploring surrounding Dallas libraries

Elizabeth Mitch, Staff Writer

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Dallas has a number of libraries, many of which are easily accessible via DART, perfect for off-campus study sessions. Photo by Kaity Chaikowsky.

It is close to the end of the school year, and students all over campus are starting to feel burned out. You are probably tired of the University of Dallas’ sporadic Wi-Fi, endless assignments and mundane campus studying. You may be feeling the irresistible urge to just watch a movie or even just read a book that is not among the scholarly works on campus.

A trip to a nearby library might be the boost you need to get through the rest of this year. A library will provide peace and quiet in a new atmosphere and the chance to find a good book or movie. According to the Dallas library system website, Dallas students can receive free library cards with a student ID. All of Dallas’ public libraries provide free Wi-Fi and an array of library amenities like wireless printing and self check-out.

The closest library is a short bus ride from our 505 bus stop near Anselm Hall. West Irving Library features group study rooms and is on the same route as the Irving Walmart, so you can easily stop at both places on your way back to campus. On Tuesdays and Thursdays the library is open until 9 p.m., so you can study into the evening.

Bachman Lake Library is only about ten minutes farther than West Irving Library by public transportation, although it requires riding both a train and a bus. Despite the added trip planning to get to the library, it is in a prime location. The nearby Panda Express and Sweet Frog provide a tasty study break. The library is also close to Bachman Lake, which includes a hiking trail around the lake.

Just a bit farther than Bachman Lake Library, Grauwyler Park Library is a straight shot by DART train. Grauwyler Park Library features free Wi-Fi and plenty of windows, providing an airy space for studying. The library is located on Grauwyler Park, so there is beautiful outdoor space to study as well. The peaceful atmosphere makes it a great study spot for intense workdays.

Want to enjoy studying in the atmosphere of Neoclassical architecture? UD students have long been jealous of Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) beautiful campus, and its libraries are no exception to SMU’s beauty. Just a short walk or bus ride from Mockingbird Station, the SMU Libraries provide lovely study spaces in which to research or simply bask in their beauty.

A short car trip or an hour DART trip away, the Valley Ranch Library has the wonderful advantage of being connected to the coffee shop Java Me Up, which provides friendly service and a spacious outdoor patio. Valley Ranch Library sits on a canal and connects to the Campion Trail, which extends for miles around a lake and past multiple parks.

J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, off of Akard Station, is a short walk from the Dallas Museum of Art. J. Erik Jonsson Central Library is every booklover’s dream, sporting eight floors of books. One of these floors include the Lillian Bradshaw Gallery, which hosts art exhibits each month, and the first floor holds a used bookstore. The library is so large that it provides multiple options for both self-guided and guided tours to explore the floors.

Though farther away, the hidden and rarely opened (Sunday and Thursday mornings) St. Jude Library deserves honorable mention as a wonderful resource for Catholic religious books, CDs, DVDs, videocassettes and periodicals, especially those on adult spiritual formation. Though small, the quiet library even has study tables and chairs. The library has its own book club and holds speakers and other special events.

When the Cap Bar feels overdone and SB Hall no longer feels new, do not limit yourself to campus. A trip to the library might be just what you need.

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