Cleveland Public Library Cancels Programs, Changes Procedures to Combat COVID-19

Cleveland Public Library is cancelling all major programs and events during the months of March and April out of an abundance of caution to protect its staff and patrons against COVID-19 known as coronavirus.

“The Library is following the lead of city and state authorities to limit large audiences in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus. We are working diligently to notify the public and our partners who may be using the Library to host their events,” said Felton Thomas, Jr., Executive Director and CEO of Cleveland Public Library.

Programs CancelledProgram Date
Legal Aid at the LibraryMarch 14
Progress with ChessMarch 19 & 20
Free Tax Preparation by VITA volunteersMarch 21
World Day of PuppetryMarch 21
CPL PlayMarch 28 & April 25
Community Open Houses at CPL BranchesApril
Radio One Empower OneApril 18
Girl PowerApril 24

Cleveland Public Library has more than 45,000 visitors each week. In order to keep our patrons and staff safe and healthy, the Library has increased the frequency of cleaning in high traffic areas and “high-touch” surfaces and objects such as computers, door handles, and elevator buttons. We have removed toys, kits, and other “high-touch” objects from public use. Library employees will wear gloves to handle materials.

The Library is assembling care kits for all branches and subject departments throughout the Library system. The kits include hand sanitizer, gloves, and tissues. More supplies will be provided as they become available.

Posters are now hanging in Library buildings with information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how to maintain good hygiene and best practices for washing hands. 

We have suspended all staff travel in March and April.  

Cleveland Public Library is asking patrons and Library employees to follow the preventative measures outlined by the CDC.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

For more information on the Coronavirus, visit, the Cleveland Department of Public Health website or the Cuyahoga County Board of Health website

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has helpful fact sheets that outline What You Need to Know about Coronavirus and What to Do If You Are Sick.