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Detroit Reads
Learn to read or improve your reading skills. Join the Detroit Public Library’s literacy campaign Detroit Reads!
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 7:00pm
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 6:00pm
Join the Detroit Public Library as we welcome Michael Hamlin, author of A Black Revolutionary’s Life in Labor: Black Workers Power in Detroit, to the...

Main Events

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 3:00pm
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 3:15pm
Teens, ages 13-18
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 4:00pm
Teens, ages 13-18
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 6:00pm
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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.


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.

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...