Hough Branch Community Feedback

 

The Cleveland Public Library Hough Branch was built in 1984 and is located at 1566 Crawford Road on the city’s east side. It is located at the intersection of Crawford Road and Kenmore Avenue with the main entry accessed off of a small square near the intersection. Parking is located northeast of the branch with entry on Crawford Road. The building is 7,200 sf with a meeting room, collections, reading areas, a computer area, and a children’s reading area. The building is clad in yellow and red brick with a sloped roof on the majority of the building.

 

Aerial View of Hough Branch

Branch Statistics

Location: 1566 Crawford Road
Year Constructed: 1984
Size: 7,200 sf
Parking: 22 spaces

Steering Committee

Jane Doe, Joe Doe, Mo Doe, Les Doe

Image: Aerial View of Hough Branch

Outreach Summary

The existing Hough Branch is an important hub for local students after school, but the building itself is unwelcoming and inflexible. Many neighborhood residents perceive the branch to be vacant and/or closed due to the disrepair to the exterior; landscaping, lighting, signage, and potentially even a small addition could help quite a bit. Patrons were open to the ideas of expanding and/or relocating the branch entirely. Quiet study/work areas, a children’s area, and a teen space were all strongly desired, perhaps necessitating interior partitions and/or small study rooms. Modern color, lighting, and art were very well-received in this branch, both for the interior and exterior of the building.

Primary Community Needs

  • Add more comfortable seating and flexible workspace options
  • Find opportunity for “quiet work area,” if “teen room” not possible
  • Update interior with more modern color, lighting
  • Improve front plaza entry with signage, lighting, landscaping
  • Improve back entry with signage, lighting, canopy
  • Add outdoor seating area that can be gated off after-hours
  • Strengthen WiFi and add more technology options
  • Coordinate with neighboring branches to better communicate events, resources, programming
  • Explore opening on Sunday afternoons
  • Hold neighborhood “block party” events to deepen social ties
  • Create physical and programmatic connections to nearby Rec Center

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