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The City of Rochester’s City Council stands as the legislative body, composed of a mayor and six councilpersons. The City Council appoints a city manager to serve as the chief administrative officer of the city, with responsibilities to carry out the developed policies of the City Council and to supervise and manage all city services. These city services include police, fire and water/sewer services, among many others. A mayor and a seven-member council govern the City of Rochester Hills. Oakland Township does not have a mayor, as a seven-member township board guides the area. The Rochester Hills Fire Department maintains five fire stations, while the Oakland Township Fire Department covers its respective area. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Department serves and protects both Rochester Hills and Oakland Township.

500 Olde Towne Road, Rochester, MI 48307

Reading, research and relaxation are all discovered at the 70,000-square-foot Rochester Hills Public Library, situated in downtown Rochester. Long known for its outstanding public service, the library owns a collection of more than 264,000 items, including books, DVDs and CDs—free for loan to those who reside and/or are employed within Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township. Adding to this selection of materials is access to the innumerable others available through the interlibrary loan program. With blooming gardens and a 750-gallon aquarium, the library offers a literary sanctuary for its patrons.

People of all ages and abilities take advantage of the vast resources found within the Rochester Hills Public Library. On top of the items that line the library’s walls is an array of programming, which includes lap sit story times for infants, Sunday concerts for the whole family to enjoy and cultural and educational programs designed for youth and adults alike. The Outreach Department also provides English as a Second Language materials, programs and computers.

Large-print materials and magnification equipment is readily available for those with low vision, and the facility is equipped with automatic and power-assist doors, an electric scooter, an elevator, drive-up window and outdoor book return to accommodate all of its visitors. What’s more, individuals unable to leave their house are afforded home delivery of library materials. Mini-branches and bi-weekly book cart services are available at most adult residential and extended care communities in the library’s service area as well.

Make sure to utilize the Rochester Hills Public Library’s award-winning website (, which will help you navigate the Internet and allow you to use the library after hours for your research and recreational use, providing access to more than 30 online databases.

HOURS: Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sunday: (From mid-Sept. through early June) 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. *Closed on certain holidays; check website for further detailed information.

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