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…

Hough Branch: Looking Back, Moving Forward

In Africa, the mythical Sankofa bird looks back while moving forward, a symbol that conveys the power of remembering the past while preparing for the future. At Cleveland Public Library, this visual metaphor also serves as a design inspiration for the new Hough Branch, which is slated to open the summer of 2022. Hough Branch will be transformed as part…

Designing Our Future Libraries

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The Library is seeking input on reimagining its neighborhood libraries. The Cleveland Public Library system is getting a new look and the community is invited to help reconceptualize their local branches. Starting this month, we are hosting community engagement meetings at West Park, Jefferson, and moving on to each of our 27 branch libraries. The purpose of the meetings is…