Friends Foundation

Books are for people, friends are for libraries.

Welcome to The Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation

You are cordially invited to join one of the largest, one of the oldest, and one of the most successful Friends groups in the nation – The Friends of the Detroit Public Library. As a Friends member you will be able to participate in a diverse series of programs, meet your favorite authors, and take part in behind-the-scenes activities at the renowned Main Library, all while helping to build one of the most comprehensive library collections in the United States.

The Library is the basis of a healthy, literate community. Each and every contribution to The Friends helps us to achieve our goals of providing the facilities, programs and services required for a “lifetime of learning.” We thank you – our members – for the trust you have placed in us and the investment in our community your gift reflects. Your membership dues, which earn both a Federal income tax deduction and a State of Michigan credit, support the day-to-day operations and educational programming of the Detroit Public Library System. This funding is extremely critical in the Library’s efforts to provide current and critical resources to the metro-Detroit community.


Friends Officers

  • Michelle Zdrodowski, President
  • Michael Friedman, Immediate Past President, Chair, Governance Committee
  • John Chambers, Treasurer
  • Chuck Thompson, Secretary
  • Patrice R. Merritt, Executive Director

Foundation Staff

Patrice R. Merritt, Executive Director
(313) 481-1357


Wherever we are, it is our friends that make our world. - Henry Drummond

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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. 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.