Library Services During the Pandemic

On Wednesday, May 27, Cleveland Public Library started reopening the library system in phases in an abundance of caution to ensure that we were providing services to our patrons in a way that was safe for both your families and ours. Since then we’ve added curbside pickup, reference help, online programs, and more. We’re excited to announce that on Monday, August 24, the Library will reopen its doors to the community!

Your patience and understanding shines a light on the city and shows why Cleveland is home to one of the nation’s top-ranked libraries. To stay informed about the latest updates from your Library, check or follow us on your preferred social network (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

We can’t wait to see you!


Location Hours

Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Hours for Immunocompromised Individuals: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. 

Hours for Main Library Drive-up Window

Monday – Friday: 7am–7pm
Saturday: 10am–6pm
Sunday: Closed


Curbside and Walk up Services

The Library is making it easier for patrons to contact their local branch for holds.

Meal Services

We are working with Greater Cleveland Food Bank to provide after school meals at your local branch.

Computer Usage

Computer usage will be limited to one hour to allow for cleaning and more people to access the internet.

Ohio Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled

A free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the State of Ohio by postage-free mail.

Homebound Services

Residents of the city of Cleveland who are unable to visit the library due to age or disability can have library materials delivered to their home.

Apply for Your Library Card

Don’t waste time, apply for you Cleveland Public Library Card or eCard today!

Renew Expired Library Cards

You can now renew your expired Library card online.

Reference Help

You can call us during Library hours at 216-623-2800 or try Ask CPL for live chat and frequently asked questions.


Upcoming Authors

Democracy 2020: What does it mean to be an inclusive democracy? Join Cleveland Public Library as we explore the systems impacting our voice in our democracy.
Don’t miss Cathy O’Neil
Dr. Ibram X
Kendi, and Bryan Stevenson!

Young Scholars Academy

Kindergarten Club is growing up! We’re expanding the program to ensure that your little one is ready for Kindergarten. Children from ages 3 – 6 years old can enroll and participate over their age range until entering Kindergarten. Program will be offered virtually and on a limited bases in branches.

CPL Play Online

Cleveland’s coolest gaming collective is taking it online! Check out the latest tournaments, let’s plays, and unboxing with us!

STEM @ Home

Don’t miss this FREE, online robotics and coding course for students in grades 3 – 5 and grades 6 – 8. Applications are being accepted now.

Count on US

Timely discussions on the services Cleveland could lose by skipping the 2020 Census.

Books & Ballots

Cleveland Public Library and Cuyahoga County Board of Elections hit the hot topics surrounding this election.


Books, Movies & More

Your CPL card allows you to borrow ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music on the go. All you need to get started is your Library card.

Kindergarten Readiness

The Library offers programs and resources to help parents and guardians prepare their youngest learners for school. 

Job and Career Assistance

We can also help you explore any career, how to set up your own business, or connect you with “how to” resources to assess, build, and expand your skills.

Tutoring & Homework help

Free one-on-one and/or group tutoring and homework help in math, science, history, and language arts for grades K-12.

Resources for Kids & Teens

Schooling assistance for children with learning needs stem beyond the classroom. We provide homework relief services for kids and teens who need extra help, and lesson plan resources that support our educators.

Voter Registration

The election is quickly approaching. Make sure you’re registered before the deadline. Pick up a registration for at your nearest branch.

Healthy Cleveland

The Library is making it easier for patrons to contact their local branch for holds.

Online Courses

Cleveland Public Library offers access to a variety of popular online classrooms. Whether you’re looking to learn a new language or develop a new skill for professional development, there’s a resource for you.