Overview

Message from Director Thomas

In 2017, Cleveland residents passed a tax levy set to renew and increase support for Cleveland Public Library, setting into motion a project that will dramatically transform our city’s libraries. Thanks to this vote of support from our community members, we are able to move forward confidently with our plans to not just renovate, not just improve, but reimagine all neighborhood libraries in the Cleveland Public Library system.

Current Library Trends

With most answers at our fingertips, we rely on our local library far less for specific information than in the past. That has not, however, diminished their role in society. Libraries across the globe have simply adapted in order to support the evolving needs of the surrounding community.


Design Principles

As the Cleveland Public Library enters a decade of profound change, over-arching design principles were identified to support the Library’s strategic priorities. These principles embrace the importance of community and propel the vision of “The People’s University.” They will ultimately be reflected not only in the master planning approach, but also in the design of new buildings and renovations executed over the next decade.


System Recommendations

As the Cleveland Public Library enters a decade of profound change, over-arching design principles were identified to support the Library’s strategic priorities. These principles embrace the importance of community and propel the vision of “The People’s University.” They will ultimately be reflected not only in the master planning approach, but also in the design of new buildings and renovations executed over the next decade.