When you hear fine arts, music collection, dance studio, interactive history wall, and Khan Pavilion, the first thing that comes to mind is museum. But this is no museum, it's the Ericsson Library in Downtown Dallas.




Our floor hunter took a trip to get the lowdown on the floors of the Dallas Library.


From the moment you walk into this massive library you can see the historical influence it has on the city. There is a hustle and bustle about the place that makes it absolutely come alive. There are people of all walks of life coming together to enrich their lives in one form of fashion or another. Find out more about each floor and what they have to offer on the Libraries website



1st Floor:

When you walk into the building you will notice beautiful red brick floors. They lead you around the service desk and into the computer room. While the carpet wasn’t super eye catching, the amount of stuff going on really make it feel like a small community! Just past the computer area is a large staircase that appears to lead to space! It’s actually the second floor children’s area.




2nd Floor:

This space creates a fun and creative atmosphere for any child. The bright colors make you want to grab your favorite book and lay on the floor and start reading. If you’re not a reader, no problem there are crafts going on!
The most intriguing part of this floor is the Khan Pavilion. It looks like a movie theater, but it is a Discovery wall where kids can call museums and zoos from all over the world and learn from the professionals there.
Are you a Classics lover? Visit the Johnson Room. It is a collection of classic books. There are 1000’s of book in the collection. This vintage room boasts cork flooring to match the vintage theme.



3rd Floor:
The 3rd floor is where all the fiction books are kept. What is your favorite novel? There are thousands of books to choose from. The patterned carpet is a contrast that is not too distracting for those quite days you just want to read.




4th Floor:

Where to start? This is the Fine Arts floor. They have everything from Galleries, Dance floors, instruments, music and more. The Lillian M. Bradshaw Gallery houses paintings and art by local artists. The current show was Presbyterian ministry, a homeless art class.


Next they have music, so much music. They have an estimated 13,000 CD collection. The vinyl collection was extensive. I asked a few of the librarians working this day “How many records do you think you have here? Andrew said “like 40,000” Austin guess was a bit more modest at 25,000. If you really want to know… go count! Or just grab your favorite and sit at the listening station.
Wait, we are not done… At the far end of the floor there was a guitar class taking place on the “formal” dance floor called the Shirley Philipson Pollock Performance Space. There was also a grand piano, a few music rehearsal rooms and another practice dance room with mirrors and a ballet barre.




5th Floor:


The business and technology floor. This floor was a bit more quiet, and not connected by stairs to any of the other floors. Only access point was the elevator. To see the history of business and technology and how it has progessed on this floor was very interesting. There were boxes of each point of history from the technology standpoint. From the typowriter to now, writing an article on my ipad, we have come a long way folks!





6th Floor:
The Government floor stood out by the red carpet that was spralled the entire space. I did feel rather patriotic I must say. Yes, this floor has over 3 million Federal Depository documents. They also have a map collection and all the city archives.





7th Floor:
The 7th floor has been renovated. Check out the history here. The floors are light and bright with grey tile carpet. Want to know the history of the library, they have an interactive wall that allows you to see a timeline and dig deeper into the history.




8th Floor:
Genealogy is what you will find on this floor.