7910 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102

Phone: 216-623-7095
Email: Walz.Branch@cpl.org
Manager: Jeanmarie Gielty


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


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.

Special Features

  • 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 opened a new teen room by late 2017. This room doubles as a small-group meeting space.


  • Upcycle Books!

    Tuesday, January 25 | 4 pm

    Join us for craft time! We’ll explore some different craft ideas, all made out of book pages!

  • Preschool Storytime (ages 3 – 5)

    Tuesday, February 01 | 10:30 am

    Storytime for children ages 3 to 5. Includes 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.

  • Paper Dragon Puppets

    Tuesday, February 01 | 4 pm

    Make a Paper Dragon Puppet with us in celebration of Lunar New Year!

  • Valentine’s Day Cards

    Tuesday, February 08 | 4 pm

    Roses are Red

    Violets Are Blue

    Come craft at Walz

    And make your Valentine dreams come true!

  • Take-and-Make Craft: Japanese Book Binding Kit

    Thursday, February 10 | 10 am

    Come pick up your free kit to create your own Valentine's Day day mini book inspired by a traditional Japanese bookbinding technique. While supplies last. 

  • Black History Month Craft

    Tuesday, February 15 | 4 pm

    Join us for crafting, in celebration of Black History Month!

  • Take Home Storytime Kit

    Wednesday, February 16 | 10 am

    Grab a Storytime Kit to enjoy at home! Kit will include a book and an assortment of activities to go along!

  • We Vote CLE

    Thursday, February 17 | 5:45 pm

    Learn what you need to know about voting…from local Cleveland and Cuyahoga County races to national races and issues. Learn how to get involved, or just learn more. Voter education, information, and registration is provided by non-partisan voters' rights advocate groups such as the League of Women Voters and Cleveland VOTES. 

  • Black History Month Craft

    Tuesday, February 22 | 4 pm
    Join us for crafting, in celebration of Black History Month!