Detroit Public Library: Main Branch

Detroit Public Library
Historical Site, Literary Archive
(313) 481-1400

The Detroit Public Library opened for service on March 25, 1865. The five thousand book collection was located in one room of the old Capitol High School on Griswold Street. The Main Library, a white marble Italian Renaissance style building designed by Cass Gilbert and partially funded by a gift from Andrew Carnegie, opened in 1921. The building offers several spaces open to the public for meetings and events, and the library hosts an author reading series, as well as other literary events.

5201 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202