Franklin Branch

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About Branch

Named for the great American statesman, philosopher, and man of letters, Benjamin Franklin, the Franklin Branch first opened January 23, 1929, as the Outer Drive branch. It was located just one block north of its present location. Closed temporarily in 1932, it reopened one month later with funds raised by residents of the neighborhood. It moved to its present location on January 24, 1950, and was the first of the Detroit Public Library's functionally designed modern branches.

Book Drop-off

A convenient outdoor drop box is available 24 hours for the return of library materials.


Free public parking is available in the lot located next to the building.

Meeting Rooms/Space Rentals

No meeting rooms or rental spaces available.

MobilePrint Service

Print virtually any document or web page from your Internet connected PC or mobile device to one of our Detroit Public Library print stations.  Payment for print jobs will be accepted at the selected library location.

Black and white copies
$ .15 per page

Color copies
$1.00 per page

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To send your print job to a specific branch, please select a location below:

You may also email your print job directly to this branch.

Black and white copies

Color copies