Volunteer Your Time
If you are interested in volunteering at the Library, please turn in an application. Download, print and bring in the volunteer application or ask for the application at the Circulation Desk.
Donate Your Books & Media
Donations of books and audio-visual materials are always welcome. Most needed are hardcovers and paperbacks in good condition, magazines that are no more than 6 months old, books about Michigan, DVDs, and CDs. Please do not donate materials that are musty, dirty, or torn, or textbooks more than 3 years old, or LPs or audio cassettes. Please leave donations on the cart next to the Circulation Desk on the main floor or on the yellow wagon at the Troy Street (staff) entrance. Staff will be glad to give you a receipt for tax purposes.
Donate Your Money
Donations are used to supplement taxpayer support, funding library resources, programs, and furnishings, and circulating and online materials that benefit our community.
Your donation to the Royal Oak Public Library is deductible for federal income tax purposes.
Donors to the Royal Oak Public Library are recognized according to the Library's donor recognition policy. Donations of $200 or more are recognized on plaques displayed in the Library's main entrance lobby.
Levels of Giving
|Acorn Society||$200 - 499|
|Oak Leaf Society||$500 - 999|
|White Oak Society||$1000 - 2499|
|Red Oak Society||$2500 - 4999|
Gifts of $5000 or more receive special recognition, as determined by the Board of Trustees.
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)
Royal Oak Public Library Board is composed of nine (9) trustees, appointed by the Mayor. Responsible to the City Commission, the Library Board has direct responsibility for administration of the Library through adoption of policies, long range planning, development of the library budget, oversight of library finances and employment and evaluation of the library director. The Library Board meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Friends Auditorium.
In the downtown business district, the Royal Oak Public Library is located in southern Royal Oak at 222 E. Eleven Mile Road, near the corner of Eleven Mile and Main Street. Its front door, on the south side, opens across the green from city hall and the police station. It is easily accessible from several principal routes including Woodward Avenue, I-75 and I-696.
The Library is open 56 hours per week, Monday through Saturday.
Note: The public computers shut off 15 minutes before close.
- Monday & Wednesday | 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
- Tuesday & Thursday | 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
- Friday - Saturday | 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
- Sunday | Closed
The mission of the Royal Oak Public Library is to be an informational, intellectual, cultural and recreational resource for all people; to inspire the spirit, educate the mind, and be a center of community pride.
Royal Oak Public Library provides:
- Downloadable eBooks
- Early literacy opportunities which help prepare young children for school
- Public Internet access and Wi-Fi
- Programs and materials for job seekers
- Rentable meeting rooms
- Local history and genealogy resources
- Lifelong learning resources and opportunities
- Reading, viewing, and listening entertainment
- Information needed to make informed decisions regarding health and lifestyle
- Community resources and services
- Assistance in how to find and evaluate information
- Monthly e-newsletters featuring upcoming programs and services
- Copying and faxing services
Some of these services are delivered in traditional formats such as library programs, print books and DVDs, while others are accessible 24/7 from home as databases, tutorials, and downloadable eBooks and audiobooks.
Library Operating Activities
Six masterpieces from the DIA’s collection are coming to Royal Oak this summer. Beginning June 29th, high-quality reproductions of paintings from the Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection will find a temporary outdoor home in locations around downtown. Each high-quality reproduction will be in the original size on Lumacore Vinyl mounted in weather proof ornate wood. Programs, both announced in advance and spontaneous, will be held by the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts in conjunction with the DIA. Previous programs in other communities have included docent-led walking and biking tours, musical shows, and talks at local libraries. This year, Inside|Out will feature a high-tech treasure hunt in which players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, placed near the reproductions using GPS-enabled devices.
The Royal Oak Public Library’s hours will be changing beginning the first week of June. The new library hours will be: Monday and Wednesday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM; Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 noon – 9:00 PM; Friday and Saturday 10 AM:00 – 6:00 PM. This is a reduction of four hours - from the current 60 hours a week to 56. Additionally, in June library overdue fines will increase from 15 cents to 25 cents per day. Overdue fines can be avoided by renewing materials online, dropping them off 24/7 at the outside drop boxes, or renewing by phone during library hours at (248) 246-3700. The threshold for a library card being blocked because of outstanding fines will be changed from the current $10 to $5. The Royal Oak Public Library Board of Trustees voted to make these changes now to avoid the potential for more drastic cost saving measures in the future.