Research & Resources


Ask-A-Librarian

The Ask-A-Librarian Service is designed to provide brief, factual answers to your reference questions via e-mail or phone.

Please email your question to ask-a-librarian@detroitpubliclibrary.org or call (313) 481-1400.

Occasionally, our responses to Ask-A-Librarian questions are blocked by firewalls or spam filters.

An invalid e-mail address will also result in no response. Please double check your e-mail address before sending.

For an Obituary or Death Notice search, please download the Obituary or Death Notice Search Request form.

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Databases and Newspapers Online

Databases are available at all Detroit Public Library locations. If accessing databases from home, work or school, please note that some databases may require a Detroit Public Library card number, a Michigan Driver’s License number or State ID number.

Databases marked with library symbol are only accessible from computers at Detroit Public Library locations.

Databases by Subject

Auto Repair

Community Information and Referral

Culinary Arts

Philosophy, Psychology and Religion

Databases in Alphabetical Order

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TIP

TIP (The Information Place) is a free community information and referral service that helps people find answers to the problems of everyday living. Librarians link individuals to agencies and local nonprofit organizations that offer services such as emergency food, health care, support groups, and parenting education.

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Catalog & Database Search

Catalog Search
Search books, movies, games and other library materials.

Database Search
Search newspaper, magazine and journal articles.

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Special Services

Resources for making career decisions, strategizing your job search, and finding job listings are available in the Technology, Literacy and Career (TLC) Center at the Main Library.

Services for the blind, the visually handicapped, the physically handicapped, or reading disabled.

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!

Welcome to HYPE, the Detroit Public Library's Teen Center.

Library On Wheels (LOW) brings books and other reading materials, audiocassettes and information to Detroit's seniors and schools.

The Detroit Public Library now subscribes to OverDrive Digital Media, which provides access to eBooks and audiobooks on a wide variety of portable devices and e-readers.