The Library at Detention

About Us

A Speakeasy

A Speakeasy hidden up a flight of stairs above a lively poolhall in Fresno's historic Tower District. 

Secret, Exclusive

Reservations are required for obtaining the password of the evening to this quiet, dimly lit, small, unmarked bar echoing the speakeasys of the era during Prohibition in the 1920's and 1930's. The Library blends custom cocktails from high end select spirits, fresh local produce and handcrafted mixers. Reservations are in 2 hour blocks.

Classic, Quiet, Quality

A perfect prelude or finishing touch to your evening. Surprise your guests with this secret destination before or after the theater, dinner or a special occasion. Seating is limited so book your online reservation ahead.

Remember...... Mum's the word


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Rules of The library

... Please enter and exit discreetly

.... No cell phone calls

..... Speak Easy

...... Be patient... handcrafted cocktails are labor intensive

Dress Code is Mandatory

To make the Library experience enjoyable for all of our patrons, proper attire is required to enter. Business casual is at a minimum, please. Gentlemen, collared shirts required. Ladies and gentlemen, jeans are acceptable. (No shorts, flip-flops, T-shirts, sports attire, ball caps or ripped jeans)  Please inform all of your guests to insure everyone can partake.

Company Holiday party or special events

The Boss's Room

Secluded private room with leather chairs and wait service from the bar

The Whole Magilla

You can pony up to rent the Library bar exclusively for your 'associates'

Business Happy Hour

Thursdays from 5 to 7 pm are reserved for business customers to entertain clients and associates. This is by appointment only with 48 hour advance notice. Contact Skillet below.

Contact us


The Library at Detention

750 E. Olive Ave, Fresno, CA 93728, us

Dress Code is enforced



Closed Sunday thru Tuesday

Reservations are in 2 hour blocks 

Wednesday  7 to 11pm

Thursday through Saturday  7 to 1:30am


Reservation will be held for 15 minutes. Please be prompt

Reservations must be held with a valid credit card. The card will not be charged unless there is a late cancellation or a no show occurs. Your card number is not accessed by any personnel or stored after the reservation has been used. See details when reserving. Charges will not occur if your seats are filled by others after cancellation of any nature.

We are a small venue and empty seats are a no no. No shows are especially hard on us and courteous cancellations with proper lead time allows those waiting for the opportunity to experience The Library to book time. 

Look for for the red light.

when it is on, there is current seating available. The dress code is still in place for walk-in’s and the password is “Hank Morton sent me”