16918 Harvard Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44128

Phone: 216-623-6990
Email: Harvard.Lee.Branch@cpl.org
Manager: Kristen Schmidt


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


The Harvard-Lee Branch is conveniently located in the shopping plaza at the intersection of Harvard Avenue and Lee Road. While the library itself has limited parking, the adjacent plaza parking lot is free and available to patrons. Harvard-Lee offers free wifi and 24 public computers with Internet access. Printing, copying, scanning, and faxing services are available for a fee.

History & Architecture

The first Harvard-Lee Branch opened in 1953 as a station in a leased space. The second location was in a newly built leased space in a shopping center. After Cleveland voters approved the 1975 operating levy, Harvard-Lee was one of eleven branch construction and remodeling projects initiated by the Library.

The current Harvard-Lee Branch was dedicated in 1979. Clerestory windows maximize the interior wall space for shelving arrangements. Entry from Harvard Avenue provides direct access to the meeting room for community programs. Renovations in 2002 enclosed an outside courtyard to create a computer room. Recently, the branch has received a furniture upgrade, new paint, and new carpet.

Special Features

The Harvard-Lee Branch offers special annual programs, including a special Mother’s Day brunch, a college fair, a turkey dinner giveaway in collaboration with the London Bridge Foundation, and Patron Appreciation Day.


  • Making Paracord Survival Bands

    Tuesday, April 04 | 3 pm

    Parachute cord, or Paracord, is a strong, yet thin and lightweight material, in which one strand can hold nearly 550 pounds! Paracord is not just used as parachute line, but also as lightweight material in survival bands, belts, and more. Learn how you can create a paracord survival band using this amazingly strong, yet light material.

  • Preschool Storytime (ages 3 – 5)

    Wednesday, April 05 | 11 am

    Story times for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 include stories, songs, activities, and rhymes specially designed to support reading readiness and foster the social and emotional skills that kids need to succeed as they enter Kindergarten.


  • Monthly Book Club

    Wednesday, April 05 | 4 pm

    Join us the first Wednesday of every month to talk about what we’re reading and choose our next read! Call Harvard-Lee to obtain a copy of the next book for the group.

  • April Showers

    Monday, April 17 | 3 pm

    Stay dry with a colorful umbrella craft!
    A take-and-make option is also available while supplies last.

  • MC Stories: Cleveland & N.E. Ohio Hip-Hop, 1980-2000

    Thursday, April 27 | 4:30 pm

    Come check out and listen to music from Cleveland and N.E. Ohio’s hip-hop past. We’ll be spinning vinyl records, cassettes, and CDs all afternoon, including both little-known and classic local tracks.

  • LittleBits Open Play

    Tuesday, May 02 | 3 pm

    Learn what littleBits™ are and how to use them to create exciting and unique electronic circuits. Create sound machines, robots, switches, dancing lights, and more. Drop in for 5 minutes, or stay for the entire session.