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Address: 5201 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
Phone Number: +1 313-481-1357
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Architecture is Key

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 8, 2014
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Westland, Michigan
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Westland, Michigan
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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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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farmington hills michigan
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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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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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Detroit, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

The architecture itself is a wonder to see. Sometimes I don't get off the main floor I get so involved - books, newspapers, microfilm, there is just so little time! Although I do have to warn you --- parking is horrid, and no one wants to keep running outside in that area to feed the meters. I used a credit... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

I would never recommend anyone to visit the Detroit Public Library , which is very unforunate given that it is a beautiful building. The people are always loud , and disorderly , and customer service is very poor. I live in the city but until the morale goes up I will no longer support the Detroit Public Library.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Wow libraries like these just aren't built anymore. It's a treat just to come in here for the gazing. Between the great architecture and the wealth of information one can easily spend an entire day here. I love the music department since I'm a singer.

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Rochester, Michigan
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

A Detroit Institution, great place to visit if only to see the Architecture and artwork. Certainly a decent library if you need that function as well.

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Farmington Hills, Michigan, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Unfortunately, Detroit public libraries have been mismanaged, underfunded, and many sites left in disrepair. There are certain branches that I simply would not visit under any circumstance. Many of the facilities are in shady neighborhoods, others are in disrepair, books are left out of order making it hard to find resources, and much more. The closest library branch to where... More 

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