2704 Clark Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44109
Manager: Jaime Declet
The current, temporary South Branch location offers free parking in the lot shared with Family Dollar. While this temporary location does not have a meeting room or book drop, the branch offers free wifi and public computers with Internet access. Printing, copying, scanning, and faxing services are available for a fee.
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.
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.
Construction on the historic Scranton Road building began in 2018 and remains in progress, with a tentative completion date anticipated in late November 2018. The temporary branch location at 2704 Clark Avenue will continue to serve patrons until this restoration and expansion process is complete. For future updates regarding this project, please visit Cleveland for Good.
- 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.