7910 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102
Manager: Kathleen Lefkowitz
Walz Branch serves the diverse Detroit-Shoreway community. This dynamic area is comprised of a range of new and old: life-long residents living side-by-side with new immigrants, and newly constructed condominiums built near historic homes. Walz offers free wifi and public computers with Internet access. Printing, copying, scanning, and faxing services are available for a fee. The free parking lot may be accessed off Detroit Road.
History & Architecture
Walz Branch is named for Dr. Frederick Wilhelm Walz, a native west side Clevelander who practiced medicine and served as a city councilman, among other achievements. Upon his death in 1945, Walz left his property—his home, his office, and two other buildings—to Cleveland Public Library. His bequest is celebrated as creating the first public library in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood.
Today, Walz Branch is a two-story building built into a hill that has a roof with over-hung eaves and flat brackets, giving a house-like appearance on the busy commercial street of Detroit Avenue. The branch opened in 1967 after obtaining updates designed by Hoag-Wismar-Henderson Associates. The interior features an open plan, indirect lighting, paneled walls and a brick interior. Windows from the clerestory floods the interior with warm natural light. Walz is filled with 9,600 square feet of fixtures, materials, and meeting spaces.
- To meet the diverse needs of this community Walz has adaptive technology, Large Print, and Spanish collections.
- Walz offers GED classes as well as free meals provided by the Cleveland Food Back to youth under the age of 18.
- This branch offers the America Reads tutoring program to youth up to eighth grade during the school year. The branch is also hosts Starting Point, which offers reading tutoring using technology to youth in kindergarten through third grade.
- Walz will open a new teen room by late 2017. This room will also double as a small-group meeting space.