South

3096 Scranton Road
Cleveland, OH 44113

Phone: 216-623-7060
Email: South.Branch@cpl.org
Manager: Jaime Declet

Hours

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

About

South Branch Restoration

South Branch opened on June 12, 1911, as the eighth branch within the Cleveland Public Library system built with Carnegie funds. The building’s striking stone façade, English Gothic architecture, and Tudor interior made it a beloved facility within the Library system. After serving the public for a full century, however, the building’s condition had deteriorated. An assessment revealed mechanical system and structural failures, all of which compelled Library to close this branch in 2013 and temporarily relocate it to a smaller space on Clark Avenue.

Over the past few years, Cleveland Public Library embarked on an extensive process to determine how to best serve the neighborhood by either building a new branch or restoring the Scranton Road building. The Library invited feedback from the community, which resoundingly supported preserving the historic Carnegie building. In September 2015, the Cleveland Public Library Board of Trustees passed a resolution to reopen the Scranton Road building after making necessary repairs and improvements.

The restored building preserved, among other aspects, the original stone façade, the interior woodwork, the perimeter shelving, and the fireplace. A new addition features a second entrance on Clark Avenue that is ADA-compliant to ensure all patrons can easily access and use the library facilities. The restored branch also includes quiet study rooms, separate teen and children’s spaces, a sound booth, a multipurpose room, and a large meeting space that can be accessed after hours. This fully accessible, updated facility offers the technology and services of a 21st century library while still preserving the integrity of the original Carnegie building.

View the Architects’ Plans for the Restoration of the Historic South Branch (PDF)

Special Features

  • South Branch has a large collection in Spanish of movies, fotonovelas, magazines, music, novels, and informational books, as well as a great selection of English language materials.
  • Guitars are available for patrons’ in-house use.

Events

  • Express Yourself Youth Art Workshops

    South
    Thursday, January 20 | 4 pm

    Let your voice be heard!  Tell your story through art.  These workshops are for you…whether you're a beginner or ready to take your art to the next level.  Free workshops for kids, offered in partnership with the Art Therapy Studio.   All art supplies and materials are provided. 

  • Family Circle Time

    Online Event presented by South
    Thursday, January 20 | 5 pm

    Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays during our family circle time!

  • Express Yourself Youth Art Workshops

    South
    Tuesday, January 25 | 4 pm

    Let your voice be heard!  Tell your story through art.  These workshops are for you…whether you're a beginner or ready to take your art to the next level.  Free workshops for kids, offered in partnership with the Art Therapy Studio.   All art supplies and materials are provided. 

  • Once Upon a Cuento

    Online Event presented by South
    Tuesday, January 25 | 5 pm

    Únase a nosotros para nuestro cuento bilingue en Inglés y Español! Disfrute de historias, canciones y rimas en ambos idiomas. 
    Join us for our bilingual Storytime in English and Spanish! Enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes in both languages.  

     

     

  • Express Yourself Youth Art Workshops

    South
    Thursday, January 27 | 4 pm

    Let your voice be heard!  Tell your story through art.  These workshops are for you…whether you're a beginner or ready to take your art to the next level.  Free workshops for kids, offered in partnership with the Art Therapy Studio.   All art supplies and materials are provided. 

  • Family Circle Time

    Online Event presented by South
    Thursday, January 27 | 5 pm

    Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays during our family circle time!

  • Fandom Friday

    South
    Friday, January 28 | 3 pm

    Anime, videogames, manga, & more! Come and share your favorite fandom while learning about others as well! 

  • Express Yourself Youth Art Workshops

    South
    Tuesday, February 01 | 4 pm

    Let your voice be heard!  Tell your story through art.  These workshops are for you…whether you're a beginner or ready to take your art to the next level.  Free workshops for kids, offered in partnership with the Art Therapy Studio.    All art supplies and materials are provided. 

  • Social Justice Themed Scavenger Hunt

    South
    Tuesday, February 01 | 4 pm

    Come celebrate Black History Month by participating in our scavenger hunt featuring African American leaders in social justice. Completed scavenger hunt sheets will be entered in a drawing for a prize! 

  • Once Upon a Cuento

    Online Event presented by South
    Tuesday, February 01 | 5 pm

    Únase a nosotros para nuestro cuento bilingue en Inglés y Español! Disfrute de historias, canciones y rimas en ambos idiomas. 
    Join us for our bilingual Storytime in English and Spanish! Enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes in both languages.  

     

     

  • Social Justice Themed Scavenger Hunt

    South
    Wednesday, February 02 | 4 pm

    Come celebrate Black History Month by participating in our scavenger hunt featuring African American leaders in social justice. Completed scavenger hunt sheets will be entered in a drawing for a prize! 

  • Take-and-Make Craft: Black History Month

    South
    Wednesday, February 02 | 4 pm

    Stop on by the South Branch and pick up a free craft that celebrates African American history. While supplies last. 

  • Express Yourself Youth Art Workshops

    South
    Thursday, February 03 | 4 pm

    Let your voice be heard!  Tell your story through art.  These workshops are for you…whether you're a beginner or ready to take your art to the next level.  Free workshops for kids, offered in partnership with the Art Therapy Studio.    All art supplies and materials are provided. 

  • Social Justice Themed Scavenger Hunt

    South
    Thursday, February 03 | 4 pm

    Come celebrate Black History Month by participating in our scavenger hunt featuring African American leaders in social justice. Completed scavenger hunt sheets will be entered in a drawing for a prize! 

  • Family Circle Time

    Online Event presented by South
    Thursday, February 03 | 5 pm

    Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays during our family circle time!

  • Social Justice Themed Scavenger Hunt

    South
    Friday, February 04 | 4 pm

    Come celebrate Black History Month by participating in our scavenger hunt featuring African American leaders in social justice. Completed scavenger hunt sheets will be entered in a drawing for a prize! 

  • Social Justice Themed Scavenger Hunt

    South
    Monday, February 07 | 4 pm

    Come celebrate Black History Month by participating in our scavenger hunt featuring African American leaders in social justice. Completed scavenger hunt sheets will be entered in a drawing for a prize! 

  • Express Yourself Youth Art Workshops

    South
    Tuesday, February 08 | 4 pm

    Let your voice be heard!  Tell your story through art.  These workshops are for you…whether you're a beginner or ready to take your art to the next level.  Free workshops for kids, offered in partnership with the Art Therapy Studio.    All art supplies and materials are provided. 

  • Social Justice Themed Scavenger Hunt

    South
    Tuesday, February 08 | 4 pm

    Come celebrate Black History Month by participating in our scavenger hunt featuring African American leaders in social justice. Completed scavenger hunt sheets will be entered in a drawing for a prize! 

  • Once Upon a Cuento

    Online Event presented by South
    Tuesday, February 08 | 5 pm

    Únase a nosotros para nuestro cuento bilingue en Inglés y Español! Disfrute de historias, canciones y rimas en ambos idiomas. 
    Join us for our bilingual Storytime in English and Spanish! Enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes in both languages.