Skillman Branch

Located in the Rose and Robert Skillman Branch of the Detroit Public Library, the National Automotive History Collection (NAHC) is regarded as the...

Skillman Events

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 12:00pm
Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 11:00am
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 2:00pm
Friday, August 18, 2017 - 12:30pm
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About Branch

The Rose & Robert Skillman Branch of the Detroit Public Library, formerly called the Downtown Library (opened January 4, 1932), was renamed the Rose and Robert Skillman Branch Library to honor a generous gift from the Skillman Foundation.

The Skillman Branch also houses the National Automotive History Collection.

Book Drop-off

The outdoor drop box is open 24 hours for public convenience in returning materials.


Paid parking and street parking is available. Library customers who visit the Skillman Branch/The National Automotive History Collection and park their vehicles in the city of Detroit-owned Premier underground Garage near the Branch can now save $1.50 off the cost of the first two hours of parking. That is half off regular parking charge. To obtain this discount customers should have their tickets stamped at our circulation desk. For more information call us at (313) 481-1850. Please Note: Not valid on game days. Must present validated ticket to staffed garage exit window.

Meeting Rooms/Space Rentals

The auditorium located on the 2nd floor hosts regular branch programming including author events, concerts, and movies. In addition, exhibits, corporate and community meetings and other events with large attendance are held in this room.

The auditorium seats approximately 125, the room will accommodate 200 strolling.

Meeting Room Policy

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

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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.

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Skillman Collections

Located in the Rose and Robert Skillman Branch of the Detroit Public Library, the National...