Eric Hayes

IT Coordinator & Webmaster

Host of Monday Night Walk-In Technology Help Sessions

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 16:19


If you are searching for great novels, a title to dazzle your book group, or a place to share your thoughts on an author you’ve just discovered, Readers Corner is the place for you. Library staffers have pulled together a number of resources to help you navigate the wonderful world of books. This is where you can browse lists of new library titles; find our handy book-kits-to-go; discover the monthly choices of the Library’s two book discussion groups; andenjoy book reviews and recommendations. And, of course, you can also view the book blog to discover what ROPL staff find interesting. In fact, library staffers are avid readers (as well as listeners of downloadable and CD books), so we’re anxious to hear from you.

And when you visit the library, don't forget to check out the lists of book suggestions compiled by the staff's librarians. They are in binders on the reference shelf behind the adult reference desk on the main floor. Browse them for recommended reads, prize-winners and titles arranged by theme and/or genre.

To subscribe to any of the e-newsletters listed below:

  1. Click on the check box next to all newsletters you wish to receive.
  2. Enter your email address in box provided.
  3. Click on the Subscribe button below the list.
ROPL Leaflet (Delivered monthly featuring upcoming events and library news.)
Debut Fiction
Graphic Novels
Science Fiction/Fantasy
Staff Book Group Picks
Timely Reads
Trade Paperbacks


Wednesday, 20 March 2013 13:30

Youth Services

The Youth Services Department is located on the lower level of the library, accessible by stairs or elevator. We serve infants through sixth grade. Librarians who specialize in serving youth are available to help you at all times. Our goal is to make your library visit a successful one. We will do our best to help you find what you need.

What you'll find in the Children's Department:

  • A Youth Services Librarian specializing in your child's interests and reading level.
  • Year-round programming.
  • Computers for all ages.
  • Quiet study rooms.
  • Educational toys and games.
  • Same floor restrooms including a family restroom.
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 17:07


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.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 17:02


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
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 16:56

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
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 11:53

Michigan Activity Pass

The Michigan Activity Pass program is designed to enhance the learning experience for people of all ages by providing reduced cost or complimentary access to arts and cultural organizations across the state of Michigan. Royal Oak Public Library cardholders may get free or discounted admission to almost 100 cultural attractions throughout Michigan.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 10:43

MI Big Green Gym

For anyone wanting to get fit this summer, but find their budget is the leanest part of their lifestyle, a quick trip to Royal Oak Public Library for a free pass into MI Big Green Gym is the first step to getting started.

MI Big Green Gym is a partnership with Michigan Recreation and Park Association, the Department of Natural Resources, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. It is designed to show just how easy it is to get out, get active and get healthier. Lucky for Michigan residents, MI Big Green Gym is as close as their nearest state park or community recreation center – and is now available for free thanks to more than 400 community libraries participating in the program, including ROPL.

The DNR started the Park & Read program in 2010 as a way to provide free passes to state parks. Now, with support from Blue Cross, the program has been rebranded to promote outdoor fitness and provides free one-day passes into any state park, state forest campground or pathway, as well as includes family-friendly destinations at select community recreation facilities.

Passes allow one vehicle into a state park for one day, and with many parks offering free, into-to programs with all the gear and expertise provided through the Rec 101 program, that one day can lead to lifelong memories.

Passes are valid for seven days from check-out and can be used for day-use only, not for use at prearranged/ multiple person private gatherings, or overnight camping. The program is available May, 16 2014 through September 30, 2014 for the summer season.

For more information, visit

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.

Thursday, 14 March 2013 10:43


Need a newspaper or magazine article on almost any topic? Need to finish some homework? Use these databases! Most of them can be accessed from home and all can be accessed at the library.

  • Databases marked with (*) are purchased by Royal Oak Public Library for ROPL card holders.
  • Databases marked with (**) are purchased by Friends of Royal Oak Public Library for ROPL card holders.

Not having luck with the links below? Access many of the databases through

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