Bibles to Baseball

Sub Header: 
Treasures of the Detroit Public Library Special Collections

Please join us for an evening presentation and discussion of notable items from the Detroit Public Library (DPL) Special Collections. A display of nearly 30 trasures of cultural, historical, social and literary significance will be presented to Friends Foundation members and their guests as our annual thank you to DPL supporters. DPL Special Collections Coordinator, Mr. Mark Bowden, will showcase select items from the Burton Historical Collection, the Rare Book Collection, the National Automotive History Collection, the E.Azalia Hackley Collection, and the Lulu and Ernie Harwell Sports Collection. Items to be presented will include:

  • Illuminated Book of HOurs from the 15th Century
  • George Washington Diary (1789-1790)
  • Belle Isle Deed and Wampum Belt (1795)
  • "Notes on Motor Carriages with Hints for Purchasers and Users") (1896)
  • Motown Promotional Materials
  • Detroit Tigers Team Correspondence for the purchase of Ty Cobb's Contract (1906)

A convivial reception honoring the generosity of Mary Adelaide Hester and her admiration and regard for the Detroit Public Library and its Rare Book Collection will immediately follow in the Burton Historical Collection Reading Room.

>RSVP to Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation (313) 481-1357 or email: Non-members and guests will be asked for a modest donation of $10 to attend. FREE to members of The Friends and members of the Book Club of Detroit.

Main Library
Explorers Room
5201 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48202


Catalog & Database Search

Catalog Search
Search books, movies, games and other library materials.

Database Search
Search newspaper, magazine and journal articles.

Catalog Search 

Advanced Search »


Database Search


Popular Books


Today: December 14, 2017
Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 2:00pm
Grammy Award winning trumpeter Curtis Taylor’s lyrical and melodic improvisational style displays a...
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 10:30am
Toddlers and preschoolers welcome for story time and open play.
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 10:30am
Have technological questions? Come get one-on-one assistance in getting them answered. No...
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 10:30am
Our weekly storytime features an activity or craft which fits the theme of each week's story.
Syndicate content

Special Services

Resources for making career decisions, strategizing your job search, and finding job listings are available in the Technology, Literacy and Career (TLC) Center at the Main Library.

Services for the blind, the visually handicapped, the physically handicapped, or reading disabled.

Learn to read or improve your reading skills at Main Library or the Parkman Branch. Join the Detroit Public Library’s literacy campaign Detroit Reads!

Welcome to HYPE, the Detroit Public Library's Teen Center.

Library On Wheels (LOW) brings books and other reading materials, audiocassettes and information to Detroit's seniors and schools.

The Detroit Public Library now subscribes to OverDrive Digital Media, which provides access to eBooks and audiobooks on a wide variety of portable devices and e-readers.