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The Detroit Public Library opened for service on March 25, 1865. The 5,000 book collection was located in one room of the old Capitol High School on Griswold Street. A committee of the Detroit Board of Education governed the library until 1881, when the six-member Detroit Library Commission took over.

In 1877, a new library opened in Centre Park on the site of the present Skillman Branch. The library’s collection grew from 34,000 to 70,000 books by 1886.

The Detroit Public Library opened for service on March 25, 1865. The 5,000 book collection was located in one room of the old Capitol High School on Griswold Street. A committee of the Detroit Board of Education governed the library until 1881, when the six-member Detroit Library Commission took over.

In 1877, a new library opened in Centre Park on the site of the present Skillman Branch. The library’s collection grew from 34,000 to 70,000 books by 1886.

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