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Friday, October 17, 2014 - 10:00am
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 3:00pm
“Death of a King - The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year”Detroit Public Library - Main LibraryClara Stanton Jones Friends...

Main Events

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 6:30pm
Friday, October 3, 2014 - 12:00pm
Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 4:00pm
Teens, ages 13-18
Friday, October 3, 2014 - 2:00pm
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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...