From Humble Beginnings

It all started right here. On February 17, 1869, Cleveland Public Library officially opened on the third floor of the Northrup and Harrington Block on West 3rd Street and Superior Avenue in downtown Cleveland. The first two floors were occupied by the Hower and Higbee department store. (In this photo, Public Square can be seen in the background on the…

Jefferson Branch Temporarily Closes for Repairs Beginning April 18, 2018

As part of a system-wide effort to ensure Cleveland Public Library’s branch libraries are safe, accessible, and positioned to serve the Cleveland community well into the future, Jefferson Branch is scheduled to undergo some necessary repair work. As a result, Jefferson is expected to temporarily close, starting on April 18. During this time, patrons will be directed to the nearby…

Harvard-Lee Branch Temporarily Closes for Repairs Beginning April 15, 2018

Harvard Lee Branch of the Cleveland Public Library

As part of a system-wide effort to ensure Cleveland Public Library’s branch libraries are safe, accessible, and positioned to serve the Cleveland community well into the future, Harvard-Lee Branch is scheduled to undergo some necessary repair work. As a result, Harvard-Lee is expected to temporarily close starting April 15. During this time, patrons will be directed to the nearby East…

Lorain Branch Temporarily Closes for Repairs Beginning February 5, 2018

Lorain Branch of the Cleveland Public Library

Cleveland Public Library is embarking on an ambitious, multiyear capital project to revitalize its neighborhood branch libraries and ensure its facilities are safe, accessible, and positioned to serve the Cleveland community well into the future. Additional branches will follow on a rolling basis throughout the spring and summer of 2018. The Library will seek feedback from within each branch’s community…

Glenville Branch Temporarily Closes for Repairs Beginning February 5, 2018

Glenville Branch of the Cleveland Public Library

Cleveland Public Library is embarking on an ambitious, multiyear capital project to revitalize its neighborhood branch libraries and ensure its facilities are safe, accessible, and positioned to serve the Cleveland community well into the future. Additional branches will follow on a rolling basis throughout the spring and summer of 2018. The Library will seek feedback from within each branch’s community…

ALA War Service

Room of soldiers at a desk reading

Cleveland Public Library’s motto of “Books, Information, Service” was particularly fitting as the Library was very much engaged in the war effort over the years, providing books to our service members and even sending library staff to serve overseas. During WWI, the United States government asked the American Library Association to set up libraries for troops in 32 military camps….