Empowering the Community at Jefferson Branch

If we could travel back in time to visit the Tremont neighborhood of 100 years ago, we’d find bustling streets filled with steel mill workers, other laborers, and a growing immigrant population. Within this vibrant community stood Cleveland Public Library’s Jefferson Branch, which opened in 1918 in a Carnegie conversion building—a space designed with the possibility of one day being…

Cleveland Public Library: Our Future Is Building

Cleveland Public Library will temporarily close three neighborhood branches, West Park, Woodland, and Jefferson to prepare for a revitalization project at end of day, Friday, April 2nd at 6 p.m. Fulfilling our promise to the community, it is the first phase of a 10-year plan to renovate or rebuild branch libraries to improve the user experience. The work reimagines the…

Our Future is Building: Branch Closures and Community Meetings

Cleveland Public Library’s promise to the community is coming to fruition. This year, we will renovate or rebuild our branches to improve the Library user experience in each neighborhood. Construction will begin this Spring. To prepare for the building projects, West Park, Woodland, and Jefferson branches will not reopen for browsing on February 22 with the rest of the Library…

Promoting Wellness at Woodland Branch

Imagine a brand-new, state-of-the-art neighborhood library positioned on an artfully designed community plaza complete with an outdoor classroom, a walking path, and plenty of flowers and plants. If that sounds appealing, you’re in luck—because all these changes and more are coming to Cleveland Public Library’s Woodland Branch. Originally, the Library planned to renovate the current Woodland Branch as part of…

Cleveland Public Library: Our Future is Building

“The People’s University is for the people, and we are committed to making them a part of the process, keeping them informed about the designs to create the best branch for each neighborhood.” John Lang, Chief Operating Officer at Cleveland Public Library Cleveland Public Library is moving to the next chapter of the Facilities Master Plan. Starting next month, we…

Reclaiming History at West Park Branch

Nearly a century ago, the famed Cleveland architecture firm Walker and Weeks constructed a building in a modified English Tudor style to serve as Cleveland Public Library’s West Park Branch. The building featured an elegant façade with red brick, stone trim, and a slate roof, while the interior offered high ceilings and tall, graceful windows. In the decades since its…