The Fleet Branch, located in Slavic Village, took a long journey before arriving where it is today. Library service began with the Fullerton School Branch, which then became the “Fleet House Community Station” in 1928. Materials moved to a leased location at 6522 Fleet Avenue in 1930, and services earned branch designation in 1931. In 1941, the Branch leased a new building further down Fleet Avenue.
A new Branch was built at 7224 Broadway in 1981. Over its 8,900 square feet perches a stainless steel terne-coated roof chosen to reflect Cleveland’s industrial heritage. The shiny metal was intended to mellow to a subtle pewter tone over time. The interior used russet color brick, oak wood and clerestory windows to combine warm tones with natural light. As of November 16th 2012, the Broadway Branch merged with the Fleet Branch, merging and connecting two service areas to provide services and programming out of the Fleet Branch.
Fleet holds two large foreign language collections: Polish and Spanish. Fleet Branch also offers a collection of career books, as well as information resources on several Catholic and Cleveland Municipal Schools.
The metal mural located behind the circulation desk was installed when the new Fleet Branch was opened in 1981. It is untitled and was created by artist Clarence E. Van Duzer. Fleet is also the home of The Cleveland Flats by Jerry Arnold, oil and spray paint on canvas.