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!

About the Library

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

  2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012
Visitors  481,986 618,270 653,482 651,552 640,957
Programs  435 556 539 510 515
Program Attendance  13,180 17,438 16,750 16,172 15,679
Reference Questions 33,760  39,908 41,700 42,741  43,790
Computer Uses 97,482  77,910 65,858 64,075 74,560
Lending Transactions 360,333  405,067 424,169 461,182 451,097
Card Holders 25,771 28,166 30,700 31,762 32,262
Collection Size 153,499  163,176 172,773 177,803 186,885

Library Board

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.


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


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.


Please visit the City of Royal Oak Human Resources website for other current City postings and applications.


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.

Donate money securely here.

Donor Recognition

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.


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.

Strategic Planning 2009 - 2013

The Royal Oak Public Library has developed a strategic plan for 2009-2013 based on community needs and values and informed by progressive library practices across the nation.

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