Michigan has 384 public library systems. Free library services, provided by city, county, and regional libraries and by bookmobile deliveries to some areas, are supplemented by the extension services of the state library in Lansing. Libraries circulate annually an average of 6.3 books per state resident.
The University of Michigan contains one of the largest libraries in the nation; a comprehensive law library; a noted collection of rare books in the William L. Clements Library of American history; and the Michigan Historical Collections of materials relating to the state’s history. The Gerald R. Ford Library is located on the University of Michigan campus. The University of Michigan is also home to museums devoted to art, natural history, and life sciences.
The University Cultural Center, in Detroit, includes the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Detroit Historical Museum; the Detroit Science Center; the Children’s Museum; and the Detroit Public Library, one of the largest in the United States. Cranbrook, in Bloomfield Hills, is a unique educational center composed of five separate institutions. Outstanding collections are housed in the library and galleries of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and in the museum of the Cranbrook Institute of Science.
Other fine art collections have been acquired by the Grand Rapids Art Museum; the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; the Flint Institute of Arts; and the Muskegon Museum of Art. Grand Rapids has a public museum and public library that contain large and comprehensive collections on furniture. Grand Rapids also is the site of the Gerald R. Ford Museum. A specialized exhibit is also offered by the Holland Museum, in Holland.
Perhaps the most popular museum depicting local and national history is the Henry Ford Museum and the adjoining Greenfield Village in Dearborn. The museum contains a vast collection of Americana, including Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion House and the chair in which Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Greenfield Village is the site of many historic homes and buildings transferred from all parts of the United States, including the courthouse used by Abraham Lincoln, the Wright brothers’ original bicycle shop, and the workshops and laboratories of Thomas Edison. "Michigan" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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