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

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Don't miss the murals on the 2nd floor

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 13, 2016
Dayton, Ohio
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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars 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.

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5 of 5 stars 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 

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4 of 5 stars 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 

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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 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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