In the past decade, Dallas has lost more than 2,000,000 books.
Now, a growing number of libraries are struggling to keep up with that trend.
According to a study by the nonprofit library advocacy group the National Library Association, the city’s public libraries have lost more books than any other large city in the country since 2003.
As a result, Dallas is the only large American city with fewer than 1,000 public libraries, the group reported.
That number has dropped by nearly a third since the 1970s, but it’s only slowly growing.
The decline is largely due to factors such as technology and a decline in people who use libraries.
The Dallas Public Library, a branch of the Dallas County Library System, is among the cities with the most public libraries.
It’s the oldest in the city, and in the 1980s it had the largest library in the world, according to the National Association of Public Library Administrators.
The library also is the most diverse.
It is made up of more than 50 different branches and has about 15,000 full-time employees, according the NALPA.
“It’s a library that people are not just going to walk into and look at, but they are going to take with them,” says Laura Denton, who runs the Dallas Public library’s newsroom and has been a longtime member.
“There is a certain level of expectation that the library is going to be open, and that is something that libraries need.”
But with fewer people, libraries have less time to maintain them, she says.
The average library worker is making $30 an hour, about $1,100 less than what they were making a decade ago.
The city has also lost more money on book sales in recent years.
In 2012, the library spent more than $200 million on advertising, which includes more than 10 million flyers, about 5,000 brochures, and about 100 television spots, according an NALP study.
That was a drop from the $320 million it spent in 2008, the most recent year for which there are figures.
In Dallas, there were 1,400 active libraries in 2010, according a report by the Texas Library Association.
This year, the number of active libraries was down to 5,400, with a projected growth of nearly 300.
That means there’s a lot more books in circulation than there were in 2010.
Librarians say they have to keep the books on their shelves to keep their jobs, and libraries often have to offer them free books or to pay for them.
Many libraries are also short of cash, and often don’t have enough staff to keep them running, says Sarah Miller, who heads the library branch at North Dallas Community College.
That’s made it harder to keep all the books that they need, she said.
The number of books being added to the libraries each year has doubled, to more than 3 million, since the early 1990s.
The reason is simple: Libraries can’t keep them all.
In fact, more than half of all public libraries in the United States have less than 10,000 employees, and only two of those are in Texas, according for the National Institute of Library Services.
That makes it harder for libraries to keep more books out of circulation, Miller says.
Some libraries have a budget of more or less $50 million per year, but that money comes from state and federal sources.
The government provides libraries with a portion of their operating budget, including the salaries of library staff.
According a 2015 report by Library Journal, the average library budget is $5.6 million.
“Libraries don’t get paid enough for their work, and they can’t justify the expenses they have had to incur in the past to get the books they do have,” says Miller.
“If we were to stop adding books, we would see a dramatic decrease in the library industry and a significant drop in its funding.”
In addition to having fewer books, Dallas also has less than 1.8 percent of its population covered by Medicaid, according data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This means that, as a result of the Affordable Care Act, many low-income and disabled people don’t qualify for Medicaid coverage, and the state is left to cover most of them.
“I’m not a doctor,” says Deborah Poyner, who has been caring for her disabled son, a former student of the University of North Texas.
“He’s a paraplegic.
He can’t walk.
We had to move him from a public hospital into the nursing home because he has cerebral palsy.”
Poyners son is now on Medicaid.
“My son is one of the lucky ones, and we are going through this together,” she says, adding that the state has helped her pay for his care.
In the meantime, Poyers son’s insurance covers only about $50 per month for his visits. It