Community Gallery

The Detroit Public Library: 150 Years of Serving Detroit and Beyond

Now Open

For the last 150 years, the Detroit Public Library has provided library and information services to the residents of Detroit. From the Main Library to the neighborhood branches to bookmobiles, the DPL has been an important part of the city’s history.  The DPL will mark its sesquicentennial in 2015.  This exhibit provides an overview of the library’s history and features treasures of cultural, historical, social and literary significance.  This is a rare opportunity to view 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. 

Supported  by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.