South Brooklyn

4303 Pearl Road
Cleveland, OH 44109

Phone: 216-623-7067
Email: South.Brooklyn.Branch@cpl.org
Manager: Luigi Russo

Hours

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

About

South Brooklyn offers free wifi and public computers with Internet access. Printing, copying, scanning, and faxing services are available for a fee. Parking is free.

History & Architecture

Originally located on the corner of Pearl and Devonshire, the first site for the South Brooklyn Branch was built with Carnegie funds and belonged to the independent South Brooklyn Village. When the village annexed to Cleveland, the building was turned over to the Cleveland Library Board. In 1936, a former bank building was bought, remodeled, and expanded to house the branch.

In 1979, Cleveland Public Library opened a new 10,200-square-foot building designed by Fred Toguchi Associates. The architect used the natural contours of the site to define the interior areas with gradual floor level variations. The interior areas were designed to be intimate in scale and lit by skylights. Exposed, painted mechanical ductwork was considered a modern design element.

Special Features

  • A 1980 sculpture by Carl Floyd, which consists of two sandstone arcs standing approximately ten feet tall, is located on the north side of the building on the corner of Pearl and State Roads.
  • South Brooklyn offers a Kids Café in partnership with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to provide free meals for children.

Events

  • Preschool Story Time (ages 3 – 5)

    South Brooklyn
    Thursday, January 27 | 11:30 am

    Story times for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 include stories, songs, activities, and rhymes specially designed to support reading readiness and foster the social and emotional skills that kids need to succeed as they enter Kindergarten.

  • YA Book Club

    South Brooklyn
    Thursday, January 27 | 4 pm

    Join the discussion about the YA read of the month.  You can even help pick the featured title each month. Stop in or call 216-623-7067 for details.

  • SBN Gamers Guild

    South Brooklyn
    Tuesday, February 01 | 4 pm

    Join us for in-person gaming! From video games to tabletop, every week will be a new adventure.

  • Preschool Story Time (ages 3 – 5)

    South Brooklyn
    Thursday, February 03 | 11:30 am

    Story times for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 include stories, songs, activities, and rhymes specially designed to support reading readiness and foster the social and emotional skills that kids need to succeed as they enter Kindergarten.

  • SBN Gamers Guild

    South Brooklyn
    Tuesday, February 08 | 4 pm

    Join us for in-person gaming! From video games to tabletop, every week will be a new adventure.

  • Teen Scribes – Sketch Journaling

    South Brooklyn
    Wednesday, February 09 | 4 pm

    Pick up your free journaling kit at the South Brooklyn Branch, then join us monthly for journaling tips, writing prompts, and conversation.

  • Preschool Story Time (ages 3 – 5)

    South Brooklyn
    Thursday, February 10 | 11:30 am

    Story times for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 include stories, songs, activities, and rhymes specially designed to support reading readiness and foster the social and emotional skills that kids need to succeed as they enter Kindergarten.

  • SBN Gamers Guild

    South Brooklyn
    Tuesday, February 15 | 4 pm

    Join us for in-person gaming! From video games to tabletop, every week will be a new adventure.

  • Preschool Story Time (ages 3 – 5)

    South Brooklyn
    Thursday, February 17 | 11:30 am

    Story times for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 include stories, songs, activities, and rhymes specially designed to support reading readiness and foster the social and emotional skills that kids need to succeed as they enter Kindergarten.

  • SBN Book Club

    Online Event presented by South Brooklyn
    Thursday, February 17 | 4:30 pm

    Join us online to discuss these great reads!

    Thursday, December 16, 2021 — Crying in H Mart : A Memoir by Michelle Zauner

    Thursday, January 20, 2022 — The Anthropocene Reviewed : Essays on a Human-Centered Planet by John Green

    Thursday, February 17, 2022 — The Sun Does Shine : How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton