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.
Adopted: 1/27/98; revised 9/28/99; reaffirmed 10/28/2008, 10/24/2009, reaffirmed 12/6/2011
Trustees must promote a high level of library service while observing ethical standards.
- No individual board member shall order or instruct the Director or any staff member to perform any service or duty unless first approved by a majority vote of the Board.
- The parking permit issued by the City of Royal Oak to each trustee should be used only when the trustee is involved in library business.
- Any participation in any local, state or national conference is the financial responsibility of the library trustee.
- A library trustee cannot demand or expect special privileges as regards any of the services of the library.
- A library trustee shall disclose any conflict of interest prior to any deliberation or decision of the Library Board with respect to the matter of the conflict, and shall refrain from participating in any deliberation or decision where the trustee has such a conflict.
Number 1 was adopted 3/14/78.
Numbers 2, 3 and 4 were adopted as “Local Board Policies and Resolutions” 1/27/98
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.
New venue this year! Arts Du Jour, the Charity Preview Party for Ford Arts, Beats and Eats will be held at the Royal Oak Public Library and the Barbara Hallman Memorial Plaza (the green space south of the Library) on Thursday, August 22 from 6:30 – 10:00 pm. The Library benefits from general admission tickets purchased at the library for this event. Tickets are on sale at the Library’s circulation desk for $65 (credit cards are accepted). Ticket holders are entitled to a sampling of food from over 50 restaurants, musical entertainment at two stages, and three cocktail vouchers. Doors open at 6:30 pm. The Library receives 100% of the ticket price as a charitable contribution for tickets purchased at the Library. The Library will be closed at 4:30 pm. Contact Mary Karshner, Library Director, at 248-246-3710, if you have questions. Hope to see you at Arts Du Jour!
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.
Thank you to all who participated in the 2013 Youth Summer Reading Program. Pick up your free book that you earned by being part of Dig Into Reading. The books are available in the Youth Activity Room through August 3.
Royal Oak Public Library's teens are collecting items to be sent to overseas military service people through the Desert Angel Miracle Box Program. Bring items (or monetary donations to help with the postage) to the library between June 8 and July 18. Join us for a "packing party" at 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 18.
Please take this short survey. The Royal Oak Public Library is in the process of creating a strategic plan for the next five years. We are seeking input from the community regarding the services residents use and what services they would like to see added. Library users and non-users, residents and non-residents, are encouraged to complete this short eight question survey on the Royal Oak Patch, which has partnered with ROPL in distributing the survey and compiling the results. Your input is valuable and we appreciate it!
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):
- Renew Driver's License
- Replace Driver's License
- Renew State ID Card
- Replace State ID Card
- Renew Vehicle Plate/Tab
- Renew Watercraft
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