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
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.
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.