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!
The Burton Historical Collection (BHC) of the Detroit Public Library began as the private library of Clarence Monroe Burton. In addition to being a...
Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 5:00pm
Join the Detroit Public Library for joyful, holiday fun and activities! We will have free cider and Dutch Girl doughnuts (while supplies last) and DJ...

Main Events

Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 10:30am
Teens, ages 13-18
Friday, December 4, 2015 - 2:00pm
Teens, ages 13-18
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 5:00pm
Teens, ages 13-18
Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 4:30pm
Teens, ages 13-18
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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.

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:



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

Color copies

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...