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Try Express SOS Connect!

Can’t make it to the local Secretary of State office? Try Express SOS Connect! Visit Express SOS Connect (created and maintained by the State of Michigan) to do much of your SOS business. What can you do? Here’s an incomplete list (for a complete list, visit the website):

If you still need an office, here are the Oakland County offices (for non-Oakland County offices, visit the branch locator on the SOS website):


SE Oakland County Plus

13401 W 10 Mile Rd

Oak Park, MI 48237


East Oakland County Plus

1111 E Long Lake Rd

Troy, MI 48085


South Oakland County Plus

5263 Telegraph Rd

Southfield, MI 48033


You can always call the Secretary of State using the following number: 888-767-6424

Butterfly Garden: Call for Volunteers & Plant Donations

The Royal Oak Public Library Butterfly Garden needs volunteers to help maintain the garden throughout the summer and fall. The volunteer schedule is planned for select Saturdays. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mary Ann DeKane at 248-246-3714.

Garden Maintenance

Saturdays, 10:00 AM - 12:00 noon:

  • August 9 and 23;
  • September 13 and 27;
  • October 11 and 25

Plant Donations

The beautiful Royal Oak Public Library Butterfly Garden is a work in progress that is in continual need of plants, flowers, and bushes. If you would like to donate plants, you can drop them off in the garden.

If you have additional questions, or would like one of our volunteer gardeners to come to your home and split plants to bring to the garden, please contact Mary Ann DeKane at 248-246-3714.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">Following is a list of plants that are needed:

  • Coreopsis
  • Perennial Salvia
  • Echinacea
  • Mallow
  • Hollyhock
  • Rudbeckia
  • Perennial Helianthus
  • Shasta or Oxeye Daisy
  • Tall Perennial Phlox
  • Perennial Zinnia
  • Perennial Penstemon
  • Astilbe
  • Perennial Asters
  • Angelica Atropurpurea
  • Hyssop
  • Wild Columbine
  • Heliopsis
  • Lobelia
  • Wild Lupine
  • Bee Balm
  • Primrose
  • Verbena Hastata

Royal Oak T-Shirts, Hats, and Lapel Pins for Sale

Show your Royal Oak pride with hats, T-shirts, and lapel pins with the new city logo. Great gift idea! Available exclusively in the Friends Shop inside Royal Oak Public Library.

  • T-shirts (variety of sizes) - $10
  • Baseball style hats - $15
  • Lapel pins - $15.

The Friends Shop is open:

  • Monday: 10 AM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday : 10 AM - 3 PM
  • Thursday: Noon - 8 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 3 PM

Enjoy Arts Du Jour and Donate to the Library at the Same Time!

The Library is offering a limited number of tickets to Arts Du Jour, the annual charity preview for Arts, Beats, and Eats. Arts Du Jour is Thursday, August 21, from 6:30 to 10:00 PM and features four bands, food samples from over 50 restaurants, and a preview of artwork. Each $65 ticket also includes three cocktail vouchers. It is held outside and inside the Royal Oak Public Library on the Barbara A. Hallman Memorial Plaza. Tickets purchased at the library go directly to support the Royal Oak Public Library and are eligible as federal tax deductions. Purchase tickets at the circulation desk at ROPL or securely online.


Online Catalog Survey

Technological progress never stops and as we try to keep on top of new trends and developments, we are seeking your input regarding our catalog. Beginning the week of August 4, a link to a brief customer survey will appear on our catalog page. The survey will ask about how, where and which devices customers use to access the Library’s catalog. By completing this survey, your input will help our staff and the staff of the Library Network determine which available software best meets customer needs and which providers offer the most relevant features. As part of an ongoing review process, a committee of member libraries, which participate in the shared catalog, is currently reviewing a variety of library catalog software vendors. While there are many aspects in the review process, providing a software that is easy and convenient for the public to use is a top priority and understanding how the public uses the catalog will help guide the decisions. The survey will be available through the end of September. We appreciate your time and input.

Recovering From The Flood

If your home was damaged by Monday’s floodwaters, resources are available. Home computer not available due to damage? Visit the Library to use the public terminals or to get print copies of the materials.

The City of Royal Oak has posted a list of tips and suggestions on how to stay safe and best clean your home after the flood.

The Red Cross has prepared a helpful guide, Repairing Your Flooded Home, about cleaning up and fixing any damage.

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, which responds to disasters, has prepared a site with information about flooding. When on the site, you can get information about before, during and after a flood. Click on After for a fact sheet outlining the steps you should take in the days immediately following the disaster. The site also offers information on flood insurance and making claims.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a helpful fact sheet called Flood Cleanup: Avoiding Indoor Air Quality Problems.

To find a fire and water restoration contractor, visit the Better Business Bureau and set up your search for Royal Oak, MI at the main screen. While at the site, check for any reviews or complaints about the vendor.


The Library Board is authorized by the Charter of the City of Royal Oak, Chapter Three, Section 48. The specific charge and powers of the Library are spelled out in Chapter 420 (Ordinance 215) of the Code of the City of Royal Oak, the Library Ordinance (As Amended) which was passed on January 28, 1929 and has been amended numerous times. The Library Board operates under the Royal Oak Public Library Bylaws.

Friends Board

The Friends of the Royal Oak Public Library Board is elected from the membership at the annual meeting each September. Terms are three (3) years long. The Friends Board meets monthly on the third Monday in the Library.

  • Margaret Blount, President (9/2015)
  • Ann Barbour, Vice President (9/2015)
  • Larry Baker, Treasurer (9/2013)
  • Kathleen Marcaccio, Recording Secretary (9/2015)
  • John Pelegrino, Corresponding Secretary/Social Media (9/2014)
  • Roxanne Plater, Friends Shop/Book Sale Liaison (9/2013)
  • Melissa Kaunelis, Publicity/Newsletter/Membership (9/2014)
  • Lyndsay Sloan, Publicity/Newsletter(9/2013)
  • Jenni Beljak, Member-at-Large (9/2015)
  • Lisa Denney, Member-at-Large (9/2014)
  • Camille Lecoutre, Member-at-Large (9/2014)

Friends of Royal Oak Public Library

The Friends of the Royal Oak Public Library promotes and publicizes the services of the Royal Oak Public Library, sponsors and assists with special programs, raises funds for materials and equipment and encourages gifts, memorials and endowments to the Library. Friends volunteer to help with Library programs such as the free book program, Reading is Fundamental (RIF) and the summer reading program. Others help on a weekly basis in the Library.

Friends Shop

Visit the Friends Used Book shop in the Library! You will find some fine bargains and help the Library too. The Friends have great deals on books, magazines, and videos; and, though small, a surprising variety and range of materials. Stop in on Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Thursdays 12:00 - 8:00 PM, and Saturdays 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Call the library at 248-246-3700 to find out how to donate or if you would like to volunteer as a shop worker!

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