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The Foundation joins the many voices across the country who have expressed anger and calls for justice. We are raising our voice to amplify those who have been silenced.

Communities are only as strong as their weakest belief and willingness to right the wrongs of society. Now is the time to unequivocally stand together and continue providing resources, safe spaces and opportunities to Black communities in Detroit.

This is not a time for silence. Together we must take action in solidarity against systems that historically oppress and deny access.

Knowledge is freedom and, in a world  of growing dynamic educational focuses and  career field from STEAM to design, we are  proud to provide innovative programming to  the citizens of Detroit who seek the continued  advancement of all phases of their lives.

Investment Areas


Within the space of the library we are all integral aspects of perhaps one of the most essential gifts to our community: 

The universal freedom to obtain knowledge in its many forms and harness all of its benefits to create the opportunities that will last us a lifetime.

tech + Access

How computer coding has offered positive outlets to a community of kids

parkman coders

Youth + Family

Teens take to the mic, learning about podcasting and how to effectively have their voices heard.

Hype Radio

Art classes and residencies offered in seven Detroit Public Library branches.


Project Art

Reimagined Spaces

College For Creative Studies students redesign to meet the needs of today's library.


Rock Ventures partnership

rare collections

Explore online the vast vaults of the Burton Historical Collection, E. Azalia African American Collection, or the Ernie Harwell Baseball Collection

Digital + Archives

Branch support

Reading tutors helping with literacy for early elementary-aged children.

Reading Teacher in the Library

My DPL Story



Over the past few years the #MyDPLStory interviews have brought us face to face with the many people who make our library the multifaceted place that it is today. Through many voices one central theme has always come to the surface; the library has played a role in shaping many of us and still touches our hearts just as it did the very first time we discovered it.

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