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Detroit Public Library (old) - Old photos

The Gratiot Avenue facade (main entrance) of the library

The library about 1915, shortly before its successor would open

A close-up of the intricate detail of the old library's main entrance

The main entrance of the library

The library about 1881, around five years after it opened

The old library about 1877, shortly after it opened

The Periodicals Room at the old library

The incredible Reading Room of the old Detroit Public Library

The incredible Reading Room of the old Detroit Public Library

One of the librarian rooms, perhaps "behind the scenes"

The Ladies' Reading Room

A look inside the old library

The incredible Reading Room of the old Detroit Public Library

Kids (including that creepy one staring at you) in the children's reading room of the old library

The children's reading room in the old library

A catalog room at the old library

A look inside the old library

The north (rear) side of the old library