Langston Hughes

10200 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

Phone: 216-623-6975
Manager: Bill Bradford


Monday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: CLOSED


The Langston Hughes Branch is located minutes from the main campuses of the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospital, the Western Reserve Historical Society, the VA Medical Center-Louis Stokes, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and Case Western Reserve University. The branch offers free wifi and public computers with Internet access. Printing, copying, scanning, and faxing services are available for a fee. Parking is free in the lot located next to the library bordering Superior Avenue.

History & Architecture

The Langston Hughes Branch opened in 1998. The facility includes 8,370 square feet designed by R.P. Madison International. The exterior is composed of red brick with horizontal bands of white brick. The interior is has a long rectangular reading room, a circular meeting room topped by windows, and a curved ceiling vault with clerestory windows.

Special Features

  • The Langston Hughes Branch has a special collection of original documents written by the author Langston Hughes. These documents include a letter to Cleveland Public Library, photos, and literature by and about Hughes.
  • An Ohio Historical Marker, which can be found at the northwest exterior corner of the library, honors the life and legacy of Langston Hughes.
  • The branch also displays artifacts including an autographed copy of Langston Hughes’s 1920 Central High School yearbook and hardware from Hughes’s former residence on East 86th
  • An outdoor tile mosaic by Malcolm Brown from 1998, The Jazz Messengers, adorns this branch.


  • Hands On Art: Thinking About Spring

    Langston Hughes
    Tuesday, January 25 | 4 pm

    It’s not too soon to start thinking about spring, as shown in picture books. We’ll put the spring in our imaginations on paper, to make the winter a bit less cold and dreary.

  • Hands On Art: Happy Birthday, Langston Hughes!

    Langston Hughes
    Tuesday, February 01 | 4 pm

    We will celebrate Langston Hughes’ birthday as we share cake, recite his poetry, and learn about the time he spent in Cleveland.

  • Hands On Art: African American Artists in Cleveland – Printmaking

    Langston Hughes
    Tuesday, February 08 | 4 pm

    We’ll explore the rich history of African American art in Cleveland, through original works of art. These will provide inspiration as we create original prints of our own.

  • Hands On Art: African American History in Cleveland

    Langston Hughes
    Tuesday, February 15 | 4 pm

    History isn’t just something that happens elsewhere. Join us and learn about the role that Jesse Owens, Langston Hughes, Charles W. Chesnutt and others played in the history of this neighborhood.