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Address: 5201 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
Phone Number: +1 313-481-1357
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What a library should be!

This is one of the most beautiful buildings in Detroit. the marble staircases and the wooden tables are just stunning. This is definitely worth taking a trip inside. Directly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 15, 2015
Rebecca A
Birmingham, Michigan
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Birmingham, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

This is one of the most beautiful buildings in Detroit. the marble staircases and the wooden tables are just stunning. This is definitely worth taking a trip inside. Directly across from the Detroit Institute of Arts, so this can make for a great afternoon!

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Toledo, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

I don't recall how I first heard about it, but the Friends of the Detroit Public Library give a one-hour tour on the first Saturday of each month. Tickets are required, but can be ordered through the library's website. I've had it on my "to do" list for some time and finally had the opportunity to go. I'm so glad... More 

Thank ToledoRick
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

I felt like I was in a museum it was so magificent. Books forever, but so much art, too. Beautiful. Make sure you go and read a book while you take in the surroundings.

Thank jp11327
Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Go upstairs and admire all the art work. What a grand old building. This should not be missed and it's close to the art museum as well.

1 Thank Matt S
Amherst, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

I don't typically think about visiting libraries when I'm in a new city, but this library has stunning architecture, murals, and paintings. It feels more like visiting a mansion than a library and you get a sense of the importance of libraries.

Thank WeezieMom
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.

Thank tiggershadow
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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.

Thank Phillip N
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.

Thank AmarilisVos
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.

Thank juheston

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