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

  • Stationery Club

    South
    Tuesday, July 05 | 12 pm

    Enjoy the art of crafting and writing letters and cards by hand. We'll provide supplies and tools like the Cricut Cutting Machine for you to craft fancy, intricate cards for any occasion.  (While supplies last. Per-person limits will apply.)

  • Summer Lit League Activities

    South
    Tuesday, July 05 | 1 pm

    The Future Is Now….READ!   
    Enjoy weekly summer reading activities for kids along with reading challenges, prizes, and more! 
    Get started today at cpl.beanstack.org

  • Once Upon a Cuento

    South
    Tuesday, July 05 | 5 pm

    Join us for our bilingual Storytime in English and Spanish! Enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes in both languages. 

     Únase a nosotros para nuestro cuento bilingue en Inglés y Español! Disfrute de historias, canciones y rimas en ambos idiomas. 

    This storytime will be held in person and virtually via ZOOM. Once Upon a Cuento  se realizará en persona y virtualmente

  • South Studio Orientation

    South
    Wednesday, July 06 | 4:30 pm

    Become a patron of the South Sound Booth. Our sound booth has audio, video and streaming capabilities. This orientation teaches the policies and basics to start learning and using the equipment. (Ages 13 and up.)

  • Family Circle Time

    South
    Thursday, July 07 | 5 pm

    Join us for stories, songs, and fingerplays during our family story circle. 

  • Craft n’ Creations

    South
    Friday, July 08 | 1 pm

    Let's get creative and put your imagination to work in a fun way.

  • Laser Cutting Basics

    South
    Monday, July 11 | 4:30 pm

    Design a file that will engrave and cut a wooden keychain using a Glowforge Laser Printer 

  • Summer Lit League Activities

    South
    Tuesday, July 12 | 1 pm

    The Future Is Now….READ!   
    Enjoy weekly summer reading activities for kids along with reading challenges, prizes, and more! 
    Get started today at cpl.beanstack.org

  • Once Upon a Cuento

    South
    Tuesday, July 12 | 5 pm

    Join us for our bilingual Storytime in English and Spanish! Enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes in both languages. 

     Únase a nosotros para nuestro cuento bilingue en Inglés y Español! Disfrute de historias, canciones y rimas en ambos idiomas. 

    This storytime will be held in person and virtually via ZOOM. Once Upon a Cuento  se realizará en persona y virtualmente

  • Squishies Mania

    South
    Wednesday, July 13 | 2:30 pm

    Join us as we create our very own Squishies. We provide all the material and all you need to bring is your creativity! Not only are they fun to make, but they are also a big stress reliever.  (While supplies last.)

  • Family Circle Time

    South
    Thursday, July 14 | 5 pm

    Join us for stories, songs, and fingerplays during our family story circle. 

  • Legal Aid at the Library

    Online Event presented by South
    Saturday, July 16 | 10 am

    Free brief advice and referral clinics offered by the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (civil matters only.) Questions? Call 1-877-817-3777 or visit lasclev.org.

  • Family Coloring Day

    South
    Saturday, July 16 | 1 pm

    Coloring books are not just for kids anymore. Discover the relaxing benefits of coloring. Adult and kids' coloring books and supplies will be provided (while they last), but you are welcome to bring your own favorite coloring books from home, too.

  • Afternoon Painting Party

    South
    Saturday, July 16 | 3 pm

    Have you participated in a paint night? Here's your chance to join us for an afternoon of painting and create your own masterpiece.
    Space is limited.  Art materials and paint will be provided while supplies last. 

  • MakerSpace Monday

    South
    Monday, July 18 | 3 pm

    3D Printer, Laser Engraver, and STEM projects, oh my!  Visit the MakerSpace to learn and use of all our new gadgets and spark creative ideas for your future projects. 

  • Summer Lit League Activities

    South
    Tuesday, July 19 | 1 pm

    The Future Is Now….READ!   
    Enjoy weekly summer reading activities for kids along with reading challenges, prizes, and more! 
    Get started today at cpl.beanstack.org

  • Once Upon a Cuento

    South
    Tuesday, July 19 | 5 pm

    Join us for our bilingual Storytime in English and Spanish! Enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes in both languages. 

     Únase a nosotros para nuestro cuento bilingue en Inglés y Español! Disfrute de historias, canciones y rimas en ambos idiomas. 

    This storytime will be held in person and virtually via ZOOM. Once Upon a Cuento  se realizará en persona y virtualmente

  • Musical Instrument Petting Zoo 

    South
    Wednesday, July 20 | 3 pm

    Are you interested in play a musical instrument? We have guitars, bases, and drums, oh my.  This “zoo” will give you the opportunity to see, hear and play different instruments.  You always wanted to play the drums? Want to strum a guitar? Stop by, and give it all a try.

  • Family Circle Time

    South
    Thursday, July 21 | 5 pm

    Join us for stories, songs, and fingerplays during our family story circle. 

  • Craft n’ Creations

    South
    Friday, July 22 | 1 pm

    Let's get creative and put your imagination to work in a fun way/