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Read about a few of the many services and collections we provide at the Flint Public Main Library and branches:

Reference Collection & Services

Because the Flint Public Library's Main Library is the oldest and largest building in the three county area (Genesee, Shiawassee and Lapeer), our reference collection has evolved into the region's research library. Our reference collection is kept fresh and current, with a depth and breadth intended to meet our patrons' informational needs to the extent worthy of a research institution.

Reference librarians are available at the Main Library and branches during all open hours. Reference staff can guide patrons to print materials and also to online resources for the information they require. For more information about how to obtain reference help, see the Ask a Librarian page.


Gloria Coles Black Life and Literature Collection

The Black Life & Literature collection consists of writings on the black experience. Topics covered include: biography, sports, entertainment, civil rights, history, spirituality and many others. The Library maintains this collection to provide an in-depth resource on the black experience, available for checkout by patrons.

The Black Life & Literature collection also contains fiction titles, by authors such as Zane, E. Lynn Harris, Eric Jerome Dickey, ReShonda Tate Billingsley and many more.

The collection is named after former Flint Public Library Director, Gloria Coles, and is located on the first floor of the Main Library.

Career Opportunities & Planning for Employment (C.O.P.E.)

The C.O.P.E. center was established to help patrons to reach their career and educational goals.

Located on the first floor of the Main Library, the Center has many useful print resources for college and trade school planning, financial aid, job searching, resume preparation, and more. The collection also contains many titles to help patrons prepare for tests like the GED, ASVAB and others.

These print resources are supplemented by DVDs and online resources.

Government Documents

The Flint Public Library is a Federal Depository Library, so our collection includes U.S. government forms, publications, and documents to meet the requirements of that designation. In addition, we may select other U.S. government documents to supplement our collection.

The Library actively solicits published and unpublished documents produced by the City of Flint, as part of its efforts to collect and preserve local history and make local information available to our patrons. Since Flint is also a county seat, the Library also collects materials from area municipalities, as well as the City of Flint.



Local and Michigan History & Genealogy

One of the Library's primary undertakings during its over-150-year history has been to collect and preserve the heritage of Flint and Genesee County. The Michigan Collection, at the Main Library, is one of the largest in the state. Our collection of local publications chronicles the history of our area from pioneer days through the boom times of the auto industry to the present.

The Library is home to the second largest open stack genealogical collection in Michigan. The Flint Genealogical Society provides an active volunteer service to assist patrons in their genealogy searches. In addition to print materials, the Library provides CD and online resources to help patrons fill in the 'branches' of their family tree.

Click here to visit the Genealogy web site.


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New Reader Collection

The Library maintains a collection of materials for the emerging adult reader with a reading level of 6th grade and below. The collection covers all subjects and includes current, popular materials. The Genesee County Literacy Coalition serves as a resource for recommendations and support of this collection.


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