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Detroit Public Library

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Address: 5201 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
Phone Number: +1 313-481-1357
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Incredible city resource

Amazing architecture, incredible resources in this city institution. Lots of fun with special programs presented throughout the year, especially during Noel Nite the first weekend... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Amazing architecture, incredible resources in this city institution. Lots of fun with special programs presented throughout the year, especially during Noel Nite the first weekend in December.

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Atlanta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

A nice place to visit even if you don't live in Detroit. Forget the books and check out the beautiful mosaics above the Cass St. entrance of the Main Library, based on classic literature. Go inside to see the libraries ornate interior and wonderful murals on the second floor. The library is located in Detroit's Cultural Center sitting across the... More 

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Milford, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This is a high standard for any library to try to match. From the hay day of a Detroit bursting into prominence this is one of the finest works of art the is also a great library. Visit once and you will visit often.

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Jabbeke, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We visited the library on June 25. Our car stayed at the parking lot of the Detroit Historical Museum. The security staff pointed out the different murals. You definitely have to go to the third floor to see the enormous murals.

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Livonia, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Took my kids, ages 13 and 11, here to see the architecture in the original portion of the library, while also visiting the Detroit Institute of Art and the Detroit Historical Museum nearby. The library was interesting to see. It took about 45 minutes to wander through the historic part of the building.

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Westland, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The Detroit Public Library faces the Detroit Institute of Arts and that alone sets the tone for the architecture of the building. It is a beautiful looking building from the outside. When you walk in, the interior reminds you of the Fisher Theater. Tall, nice masonry, and reminiscent of Detroit's glory period of the early 20th century. The interior has... More 

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Like this area of Detroit you get an idea of the wealth that has existed in Detroits past and the care that is now being taken to preserve it. Spent a happy hour reading books on the city's musical talent including Eminem of course.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

My wife and I along with friends took a tour of our hometown library in Detroit and found not only a rich assortment of books including the Ernie Harwell collection but most impressive was the architecture of the building ,built in the 1920s. There is a magnificent jewelry chest given to Teddy Sorenson by the Russians after the Cold War.... More 

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Atlanta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

There are many reasons to visit this library, which is the cities main branch, that doesn't involve books. First there's the metal entry doors with reliefs of famous Greek philosophers. Head up stairs to the second floor and you'll swear you're in an art museum. As you reach to top you'll see two fresco's, one on either side of the... More 

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Livonia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Yeah, I know, visit a library on vacation? Trust me, one look around this architectural gem will convince you it was worth a look. Not only that but it conveys a sense of the grandeur that made Detroit was it was, and what it is. Say what you will about current politics, but if you are looking for another reason... More 

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