2704 Clark Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44109
Manager: Jaime Declet
South Branch Restoration
While South Branch has been temporarily located at 2704 Clark Avenue since 2013, the community has long considered the historic Carnegie building on Scranton Road its true home. The Scranton Road building 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 the present Clark Avenue location.
Over the next 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 will preserve, among other aspects, the original stone façade, the interior woodwork, the perimeter shelving and the fireplace. A new addition will feature a second entrance on Clark Avenue that will be fully ADA compliant to ensure all patrons can easily access and use the library facilities. The restored branch will also include quiet study rooms, separate teen and children’s spaces, a multipurpose room and a large meeting space that can be accessed after hours. This fully accessible, updated facility will offer the technology and services of a 21st century library while still preserving the integrity of the original Carnegie building.
The restored Scranton Road building is tentatively expected to reopen by early summer 2018. In the meantime, the bright and comfortable temporary location at 2704 Clark Avenue continues to serve patrons until renovations are complete.
South Branch has a very large collection in Spanish of movies, fotonovelas, magazines, music, novels, and informational books, as well as a great selection of English language materials. Our programs are always free and open to the general public.