Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a library card?

Visit the Library Cards page or call 216-623-2800 for more information about obtaining library cards.

How do I distribute materials to the public through Cleveland Public Library?

Cleveland Public Library posts information about local non-profit organizations and important community information. To learn how, please review the Distribution Procedures (PDF) document. Restrictions apply.

On which holidays is the Library closed in 2024?

  • New Year’s Day | Monday, January 1, 2024
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day | Monday, January 15, 2024
  • Presidents’ Day | Monday, February 19, 2024
  • Memorial Day | Monday, May 27, 2024
  • Juneteenth | Wednesday, June 19, 2024
  • Independence Day | Thursday, July 4, 2024
  • Labor Day | Monday, September 2, 2024
  • Veterans Day | Monday, November 11, 2024
  • Thanksgiving | Thursday & Friday, November 28 & 29, 2024
  • Christmas | Tuesday & Wednesday, December 24 & 25, 2024

How do I suggest an item for purchase by the library?

You can use our online form to suggest an item for purchase by Cleveland Public Library.

How do I obtain an obituary?

You can contact the History department for direct assistance or view our guide How to Obtain Cleveland Death Notices (1830s to present) and Ohio Death Certificates (1908-1953) from CPL resource and guides from the Genealogy section of this site.

How do I request an item through interlibrary loan?

Using Interlibrary Loan, patrons can borrow books, microfilm and order photocopies of journal articles that are not available through our subscription databases or our regional CLEVNET library system. Audio Visual materials cannot be requested. Photocopies of periodical articles require a prepayment of $5.00 and requests must conform to the copyright laws of the United States. Patrons must have a valid CLEVNET library card and pick-up/borrow/return materials at Cleveland Public Main Library and branches. For more information, call 216.623.2868 or email

How do I donate materials to the Library?

Please visit our Donating Materials to the Library information page.

How do I do property research?

The Library’s History department has many resources available for conducting local property research. You can contact the History department for direct assistance.

How do I contact a particular subject department?

You can find the full list of contact information for the subject departments from the Subjects & Collections section of this site.

How do I receive notices via email or SMS text?

With a NetNotice account (as long as you provide your email address) you will receive e-mail reminders when it’s time to return or renew items you borrowed. You can also set up your account to receive your account information each week.
A new feature of NetNotice also allows you to receive your item pick-up notices by e-mail and SMS text message (standard rates for your mobile phone carrier apply).