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A true hidden gem in the heart of Detroit

I've spent countless hours studying in the library when I went to college. The original part of... read more

Reviewed October 1, 2018
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Make Library's Great Again!

An amazingly huge, and ornate library that put others to shame. It was clear in past how much the... read more

Reviewed September 29, 2018
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5201 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202-4093
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Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

Made a special trip for the 11:00 am Saturday tour and a group of us waited only to discover no one showed up. So we made our own self guided tour. It is an amazing building with some beautiful architectural touches but we needed a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 1, 2018

I've spent countless hours studying in the library when I went to college. The original part of the building (pictured) is stunning. The murals and the interior architecture are beautiful. The Burton Historical Collection in the north wing is a quiet place to relax and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed September 29, 2018

An amazingly huge, and ornate library that put others to shame. It was clear in past how much the city of Detroit valued education and the arts.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 2, 2018

If your visiting a city, a library doesn't exactly scream tourist attraction. Who after all want's to check out books on their vacation. I know I didn't. Instead I went to see some of the architectural details of this library. The main Branch of Detroit...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 15, 2018

If you need library resources, then this one appeared to have everything. But, if you were just looking at the building like me, I wasn't as impressed as I was led to believe. There's some art and nice architecture, but perhaps because I had just...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank darwinmoore
Reviewed May 28, 2018

this building is a must see, just poke in and walk around for a few minutes. Oh and it has a big library in it too which is good.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed April 18, 2018 via mobile

I arranged for a private tour of the main library for my women’s group that particularly enjoys field trips exploring interesting places. We were all pleasantly surprised by this incredible gem in the heart of Detroit. The 1.5 hour tour provided us with a knowledgeable...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank momof4ls
Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

A Carnegie Library like no other! This amazing building is so much more than a place to store books ... And very worthy of a stop on any tourist itinerary. Took the self guided tour - could have explored and marvelled at this building for...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank AmyLynn1980
Reviewed March 4, 2018

It is unbelievable that the art at the Library is so great. The Library offers a free private tour for groups to learn about the art that is housed here. It is great.

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank ShamrockOne
Reviewed November 9, 2017

And the facilities are top notch. It's a destination of its own. Ask to see the card catalogue area.

Date of experience: June 2017
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