Martin L. King, Jr.

1962 Stokes Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106

Phone: 216-623-7018
Email: Martin.Luther.King.Branch@cpl.org
Manager:

Hours

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

About

Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch, located in University Circle, serves a diverse community and plays a key role as a partner with various cultural and civic organizations. The branch has a large meeting room, a gallery, and a teen tech room. The branch offers free wifi and public computers with Internet access. Printing, copying, scanning, and faxing services are available for a fee. Free parking is available in a lot with an entrance located off Stokes Boulevard.

Cleveland Public Library is in the process of holding an international design competition for a new Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch in the same neighborhood on Euclid Avenue. In February 2018, three design teams were named finalists; they presented their designs publicly on May 10. Read “Cleveland Public Library Unveils 3 Competing Proposals for New MLK Library in University Circle” to see the proposed designs. The winning design will be announced following a special board meeting in June.

The current branch located at 1962 Stokes Boulevard will remain open until the new branch is complete.

History & Architecture

At 18,200 square feet, the current Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch on Stokes Boulevard was conceived as a regional branch designed to be four to five times larger than a regular branch library. Mrs. Louise Bolden, who was appointed Librarian in charge of the branch when it opened in 1970, built a collection of African-American books including history, biography, anthologies, literature, sociology, and reference material.

This branch library is constructed of yellow brick with arched windows that allow natural light for the interior. A graceful arcade mirrors the windows’ shape and surrounds the building. There is a driveway on the north side of the building, a drive-up window, and a spacious parking lot. Antique gates were donated by former library trustee, Mrs. Robert H. Jamison. The second floor is a gallery.

Special Features

  • The branch continues to house a collection of resources related to African-American history and the Civil Rights Movement, as well as a vibrant collection of urban fiction.
  • Cleveland Public Library’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration is held at this branch and is a notable community event.
  • Artwork at this branch comes alive each year as the branch collaborates with local artists with an exhibit that commences with the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration and continues throughout February. The gallery also hosts various art exhibitions throughout the rest of year.
  • The Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch works to serve youth and foster artistic expression through art therapy, creative writing and spoken word programs, gaming activities, and a chess program.
  • Outreach and collaboration with seniors living in nearby apartment building, along with assistance to persons with special needs, are all a part of the wide array of services the branch provides.

Events

  • Never, Ever Give Up: Letters of Hope

    Martin Luther King Jr.
    Tuesday, September 27 | 12 am

    Take part in an interactive public art installation and help spread hope. Since 2018, Never, Ever Give Up – CLE has been collecting one-page, handwritten Stories of Struggle answering the question: What is the hardest thing you've ever had to do? Visitors share Stories of Struggle and Letters of Hope. In response, readers write back Letters of Hope, containing words of encouragement, support, and connection.  The anonymous local storytelling project strives to bear witness, break down stigma, and build community.  

  • Never, Ever Give Up: Letters of Hope

    Martin Luther King Jr.
    Wednesday, September 28 | 12 am

    Take part in an interactive public art installation and help spread hope. Since 2018, Never, Ever Give Up – CLE has been collecting one-page, handwritten Stories of Struggle answering the question: What is the hardest thing you've ever had to do? Visitors share Stories of Struggle and Letters of Hope. In response, readers write back Letters of Hope, containing words of encouragement, support, and connection.  The anonymous local storytelling project strives to bear witness, break down stigma, and build community.  

  • Never, Ever Give Up: Letters of Hope

    Martin Luther King Jr.
    Thursday, September 29 | 12 am

    Take part in an interactive public art installation and help spread hope. Since 2018, Never, Ever Give Up – CLE has been collecting one-page, handwritten Stories of Struggle answering the question: What is the hardest thing you've ever had to do? Visitors share Stories of Struggle and Letters of Hope. In response, readers write back Letters of Hope, containing words of encouragement, support, and connection.  The anonymous local storytelling project strives to bear witness, break down stigma, and build community.  

  • Club MLK: Line Dancing

    Martin Luther King Jr.
    Thursday, September 29 | 5:30 pm

    Get your feet moving on the dance floor in our multi-generational line dancing program.

  • Never, Ever Give Up: Letters of Hope

    Martin Luther King Jr.
    Friday, September 30 | 12 am

    Take part in an interactive public art installation and help spread hope. Since 2018, Never, Ever Give Up – CLE has been collecting one-page, handwritten Stories of Struggle answering the question: What is the hardest thing you've ever had to do? Visitors share Stories of Struggle and Letters of Hope. In response, readers write back Letters of Hope, containing words of encouragement, support, and connection.  The anonymous local storytelling project strives to bear witness, break down stigma, and build community.  

  • Never, Ever Give Up: Letters of Hope

    Martin Luther King Jr.
    Saturday, October 01 | 12 am

    Take part in an interactive public art installation and help spread hope. Since 2018, Never, Ever Give Up – CLE has been collecting one-page, handwritten Stories of Struggle answering the question: What is the hardest thing you've ever had to do? Visitors share Stories of Struggle and Letters of Hope. In response, readers write back Letters of Hope, containing words of encouragement, support, and connection.  The anonymous local storytelling project strives to bear witness, break down stigma, and build community.  

  • Never, Ever Give Up: Letters of Hope

    Martin Luther King Jr.
    Monday, October 03 | 12 am

    Take part in an interactive public art installation and help spread hope. Since 2018, Never, Ever Give Up – CLE has been collecting one-page, handwritten Stories of Struggle answering the question: What is the hardest thing you've ever had to do? Visitors share Stories of Struggle and Letters of Hope. In response, readers write back Letters of Hope, containing words of encouragement, support, and connection.  The anonymous local storytelling project strives to bear witness, break down stigma, and build community.  

  • Never, Ever Give Up: Letters of Hope

    Martin Luther King Jr.
    Tuesday, October 04 | 12 am

    Take part in an interactive public art installation and help spread hope. Since 2018, Never, Ever Give Up – CLE has been collecting one-page, handwritten Stories of Struggle answering the question: What is the hardest thing you've ever had to do? Visitors share Stories of Struggle and Letters of Hope. In response, readers write back Letters of Hope, containing words of encouragement, support, and connection.  The anonymous local storytelling project strives to bear witness, break down stigma, and build community.  

  • Never, Ever Give Up: Letters of Hope

    Martin Luther King Jr.
    Wednesday, October 05 | 12 am

    Take part in an interactive public art installation and help spread hope. Since 2018, Never, Ever Give Up – CLE has been collecting one-page, handwritten Stories of Struggle answering the question: What is the hardest thing you've ever had to do? Visitors share Stories of Struggle and Letters of Hope. In response, readers write back Letters of Hope, containing words of encouragement, support, and connection.  The anonymous local storytelling project strives to bear witness, break down stigma, and build community.  

  • Wildin’ Out Wednesdays: A TeenTober Event

    Martin Luther King Jr.
    Wednesday, October 05 | 4 pm

    In celebration of the formerly known Teen Tech Week & Teen Read Week, TeenTober is the month-long, nationwide celebration of all things Teen.  YS Staff will hold various teen-centered programs every Wednesday in October that will highlight teen reads, global and local teen happenings, and open-floor teen talks (modeled after Ted Talks) with MLK teens.  

  • Never, Ever Give Up: Letters of Hope

    Martin Luther King Jr.
    Thursday, October 06 | 12 am

    Take part in an interactive public art installation and help spread hope. Since 2018, Never, Ever Give Up – CLE has been collecting one-page, handwritten Stories of Struggle answering the question: What is the hardest thing you've ever had to do? Visitors share Stories of Struggle and Letters of Hope. In response, readers write back Letters of Hope, containing words of encouragement, support, and connection.  The anonymous local storytelling project strives to bear witness, break down stigma, and build community.  

  • Club MLK: Line Dancing

    Martin Luther King Jr.
    Thursday, October 06 | 5:30 pm

    Get your feet moving on the dance floor in our multi-generational line dancing program.

  • Never, Ever Give Up: Letters of Hope

    Martin Luther King Jr.
    Friday, October 07 | 12 am

    Take part in an interactive public art installation and help spread hope. Since 2018, Never, Ever Give Up – CLE has been collecting one-page, handwritten Stories of Struggle answering the question: What is the hardest thing you've ever had to do? Visitors share Stories of Struggle and Letters of Hope. In response, readers write back Letters of Hope, containing words of encouragement, support, and connection.  The anonymous local storytelling project strives to bear witness, break down stigma, and build community.  

  • Never, Ever Give Up: Letters of Hope

    Martin Luther King Jr.
    Saturday, October 08 | 12 am

    Take part in an interactive public art installation and help spread hope. Since 2018, Never, Ever Give Up – CLE has been collecting one-page, handwritten Stories of Struggle answering the question: What is the hardest thing you've ever had to do? Visitors share Stories of Struggle and Letters of Hope. In response, readers write back Letters of Hope, containing words of encouragement, support, and connection.  The anonymous local storytelling project strives to bear witness, break down stigma, and build community.  

  • Never, Ever Give Up: Letters of Hope

    Martin Luther King Jr.
    Monday, October 10 | 12 am

    Take part in an interactive public art installation and help spread hope. Since 2018, Never, Ever Give Up – CLE has been collecting one-page, handwritten Stories of Struggle answering the question: What is the hardest thing you've ever had to do? Visitors share Stories of Struggle and Letters of Hope. In response, readers write back Letters of Hope, containing words of encouragement, support, and connection.  The anonymous local storytelling project strives to bear witness, break down stigma, and build community.  

  • Never, Ever Give Up: Letters of Hope

    Martin Luther King Jr.
    Tuesday, October 11 | 12 am

    Take part in an interactive public art installation and help spread hope. Since 2018, Never, Ever Give Up – CLE has been collecting one-page, handwritten Stories of Struggle answering the question: What is the hardest thing you've ever had to do? Visitors share Stories of Struggle and Letters of Hope. In response, readers write back Letters of Hope, containing words of encouragement, support, and connection.  The anonymous local storytelling project strives to bear witness, break down stigma, and build community.  

  • Never, Ever Give Up: Letters of Hope

    Martin Luther King Jr.
    Wednesday, October 12 | 12 am

    Take part in an interactive public art installation and help spread hope. Since 2018, Never, Ever Give Up – CLE has been collecting one-page, handwritten Stories of Struggle answering the question: What is the hardest thing you've ever had to do? Visitors share Stories of Struggle and Letters of Hope. In response, readers write back Letters of Hope, containing words of encouragement, support, and connection.  The anonymous local storytelling project strives to bear witness, break down stigma, and build community.  

  • Wildin’ Out Wednesdays: A TeenTober Event

    Martin Luther King Jr.
    Wednesday, October 12 | 4 pm

    In celebration of the formerly known Teen Tech Week & Teen Read Week, TeenTober is the month-long, nationwide celebration of all things Teen.  YS Staff will hold various teen-centered programs every Wednesday in October that will highlight teen reads, global and local teen happenings, and open-floor teen talks (modeled after Ted Talks) with MLK teens.  

  • Never, Ever Give Up: Letters of Hope

    Martin Luther King Jr.
    Thursday, October 13 | 12 am

    Take part in an interactive public art installation and help spread hope. Since 2018, Never, Ever Give Up – CLE has been collecting one-page, handwritten Stories of Struggle answering the question: What is the hardest thing you've ever had to do? Visitors share Stories of Struggle and Letters of Hope. In response, readers write back Letters of Hope, containing words of encouragement, support, and connection.  The anonymous local storytelling project strives to bear witness, break down stigma, and build community.  

  • Club MLK: Line Dancing

    Martin Luther King Jr.
    Thursday, October 13 | 5:30 pm

    Get your feet moving on the dance floor in our multi-generational line dancing program.