Langston Hughes

10200 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

Phone: 216-623-6975
Manager: Bill Bradford


Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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.


  • Monoprinting, Patterns, and Collage

    Langston Hughes
    Tuesday, December 05 | 4 pm

    Get an overview of the world of printmaking and learn about patterns, collage and how to make monotypes! Students will learn how artists use patterns in their compositions, and cut and paste collages using pattern and prints as their inspiration. Each participant will also get a chance to make their own monoprint on a table-top etching press! Presented by Zygote Press.

  • Paper Snowflakes

    Langston Hughes
    Tuesday, December 12 | 4 pm

    Paper snowflakes can be simple or they can be incredibly complex affairs, involving templates and a significant investment of time. We’ll look at them all and make our favorites to decorate the library.

  • Winter Wonderland

    Langston Hughes
    Tuesday, December 19 | 4 pm

    We’ll explore the magic of winter, as imagined in books from the library’s collection. Then we’ll create our own magical scenes, through drawing or collage, to keep or to give to family or friends.

  • Happy New Year!

    Langston Hughes
    Tuesday, January 02 | 4 pm

    Join us to see how people around the world celebrate the new year.  Then, we’ll create and share our own vision of the perfect new year celebration.