221 Burke Street
River Rouge, MI 48218
|Youth Services Librarian
||Dennis P. Cora
||Susan P. Joseph
|Mayor Pro Tem
The mission of the River Rouge Public Library is to serve people of all ages and diverse backgrounds by actively providing easily accessible information, materials, services and programs designed to meet the community's evolving educational, recreational, cultural and informational needs.
The River Rouge Library serves the citizens of River Rouge, as well as patrons from participating libraries in The Library Network.
The library not only has books and movies available for loan, but also provides programs for the community. Programs include storytimes, teen programs, summer reading programs, and computer classes.
The current collection is over 24,000 items, and includes books, audiobooks, magazines, and movies.
Of special interest to River Rouge citizens, the library has an archive of the River Rouge Herald (1961-1986), Telegram (1995-1997), and River Rouge Ghostwriter (1995-1998). These newspapers are available for in-library use only. (The River Rouge Historical Museum has copies of the River Rouge Herald from 1930.) The book A History of River Rouge, Michigan is also available for in-library use.
History of the Library
The River Rouge Public Library was issued its Certificate of Occupancy on May 28, 1958 by former Building Inspector George A. Deering. The library still occupies the same building, but has made a few improvements, the most important being the addition of computers for public use. Four of these computers were provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000.
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History of River Rouge
If you are looking for information on the history of River Rouge, you might like to visit the River Rouge Historical Museum. The museum is located at 10750 W. Jefferson and is open on Sundays. For more information and the hours of the museum, you can contact the Mayor's office at (313) 842-4200.