Monday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm
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.
- 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.
Poem for Cleveland WorkshopsLangston Hughes Saturday, December 17 | 10:30 am
Add your voice to the mosaic of Cleveland voices to tell the story of our city. Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate, Ray McNiece, leads monthly intergenerational and multicultural poetry workshops that pair youth poets with community elders aged 50 and older. Prompts created by youth poets jumpstart the conversation, resulting in poems that serve as a bridge between cultures, generations, and neighborhoods.
Don't miss the July 2023 intergenerational reading and celebration at Cleveland Public Library’s Main Library Auditorium, sponsored by the Ohio Center for the Book and Heights Arts.
Poem for Cleveland, an anthology of the works created from the project, will be published by Red Giant Press.
This project is made possible by the Academy of American Poets with funds from the Mellon Foundation.