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Address: 5201 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202-4093
Phone Number: +1 313-481-1357

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Stop in to look at the gorgeous 3rd floor

I used to frequent the library when I was a teenager, so it was fun to pop in and bring back old memories. We went up to the 3 rd floor to see the gorgeous murals and ceilings. It... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 6, 2016
Diane K
Chicago, Illinois
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Oakville, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Other than some nice murals on the third floor, there is nothing special in this library. It's just like any other library, but with a really nice exterior. My visit here was quick break from the wonderful DIA across the street!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016 via mobile

I used to frequent the library when I was a teenager, so it was fun to pop in and bring back old memories. We went up to the 3 rd floor to see the gorgeous murals and ceilings. It is truly a work of art and very well preserved.

Thank Diane K
Warren, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

The place is huge and you could get lost in the building. I came down here to volunteer for Accounting Aid Society. I would choose this site again and take time to explore the resources.

Thank Susan M
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

I love the library in Detroit. The murals, the special section for children and all the wonderful architecture. Great city library.

Thank Joel K
Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2016

When you visit the Detroit Institute of Art, don't fail to cross the street to see the incredible second floor of the public library.

1 Thank MEDS144
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2016

There are some fine main public library buildings in this country. This is perhaps the finest, although I haven't been in New York City's for a long time and don't remember it well enough. If you can't get to Italy, some of the rooms here will suffice to give you a feel of what you are missing. It was built... More 

1 Thank JJJC_Family
Ft. Collins
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

The third floor in the library is like walking in to a museum! Sculptures and paintings, rare books and antique globes. We spent an hour just browsing the 3rd floor and enjoying the hush that all libraries used to demand. Beautiful stained glass windows and a small collection of Shakespeare was enough to make my soul content. There's a bit... More 

1 Thank RainJames
Perris, California
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 

1 Thank ToledoRick
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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