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Detroit Public Library

5201 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48202 USA

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The Detroit Public Library is the largest library system in the U.S. state of Michigan by volumes held (after the University of Michigan Library) and is the 21st largest library system (and the fourth-largest public library system) in the United States. It is composed of the Main Library on Woodward Avenue, which houses the library's administration offices, and 23 branch locations across the city. The Main Library is part of Detroit's Cultural Center Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places adjacent to Wayne State University campus and across from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Designed by Cass Gilbert, the Detroit Public Library was constructed with Vermont marble and serpentine Italian marble trim in an Italian Renaissance style. His son, Cass Gilbert, Jr. was a partner with Francis J. Keally in the design of the library's additional wings added in 1963. Among his other buildings, Cass Gilbert designed the United States Supreme Court Building in Washington, DC, the Minnesota State Capitol and the Woolworth Building in New York City.

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October 31, 2017

Incorrect address - the actual address of the building shown which is the main branch of the Detroit Public Library is 5201 Woodward Ave. This is directly across the street from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Both places are worth exploring.

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Detroit Public Library

5201 Woodward Ave
Detroit, Michigan
48202 USA


Closed Now
  • Thu - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue, Wed: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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