Main Branch

Detroit Reads
Learn to read or improve your reading skills at Main Library or the Parkman Branch. Join the Detroit Public Library’s literacy campaign Detroit Reads!
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 5:00pm
The Library Lounge is a special happy hour for library lovers (and lovers to be) who like to socialize and enjoy life! SEE what’s new at your Detroit...
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 10:00am
Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts - MECCA presentsMECCAcon 2016Comic Book Convention & Independent Film FestivalStrohm Hall &...

Main Events

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 2:00pm
Friday, August 26, 2016 - 1:00pm
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 2:00pm
Friday, August 26, 2016 - 3:00pm
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About Branch

The Detroit Public Library was opened in its present location on March 21, 1921. Administrative offices are located at the Main Library.

Book Drop-off

Freestanding drop boxes at the base of the stairs by Woodward Ave. In-wall drop boxes by the Cass entrance to the building.

Parking

On-street parking available, with handicapped parking in the circle drive off of Cass Ave. On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings after 5:00, and Saturday during the day, parking is available in the staff lot off of Putnam, between Cass Ave. and Woodward Ave.

MobilePrint Service

Print virtually any document or web page from your Internet connected PC or mobile device to one of our Detroit Public Library print stations.  Payment for print jobs will be accepted at the selected library location.

Black and white copies
$ .15 per page

Color copies
$1.00 per page

Download an app if you plan to use a mobile device:

iOS

Android

To send your print job to a specific branch, please select a location below:

You may also email your print job directly to this branch.

Black and white copies
dpl-main-bw@printspots.com

Color copies
dpl-main-color@printspots.com

Main Collections

The Burton Historical Collection (BHC) of the Detroit Public Library began as the private library...
The E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts was established in...
The Ernie Harwell Sports Collection began in 1966 when sportscaster Ernie Harwell made his initial...
Since 1948, the Detroit Public Library Rare Book Collection has acquired and preserved rare...