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As one of the larger urban libraries in the country, Cleveland Public Library provides convenient access to all programs and resources it offers. There is a branch within walking distance of nearly every Cleveland resident. But the Library reaches far beyond its branches into the local community and beyond. In 2009, our reach extended in a number of ways:

As a founding member of CLEVNET, a library resource sharing network of 31 area libraries across nine counties, Cleveland Public Library is at the forefront of promoting regional collaboration. In 2009, CLEVNET expanded with the addition of Barberton Public Library. Julianne Bedel, director of the Barberton library, said she and the library's trustees decided to join CLEVNET to provide their patrons with access to a wider pool of resources, including print, AV, eMedia and databases.

"I would recommend CLEVNET to any library of our size or smaller, especially if it has limited technical staff," said Bedel. "Our experience in migration, staff training, initial implementation and ongoing operations for our first year has been 100 percent positive."

The addition of the Barberton library followed a major hardware upgrade throughout the CLEVNET system in April. As a result, users experienced faster catalog searches and more reliable access.

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