The Library Reopens to Visitors and Offers New Programs and Services to Help People Strive

Cleveland Public Library will reopen its doors to visitors on Monday, February 22. To celebrate a return to browsing, the Library is offering new programs and services to help patrons achieve their goals and survive during the pandemic.

“We’re excited to see people back in our libraries,” said Felton Thomas, Jr., Executive Director and CEO of Cleveland Public Library. “The community is the heartbeat of the People’s University. Visitors bring energy to our great center of learning. Virtual is convenient, but it’s nothing like face-to-face interaction. Our staff feels more connected to the people in this environment.”

The Library’s hours of operation will remain the same. Walk-up and curbside services will still be provided.

Cleveland Public Library LocationDay of the Week Hours of Operation
All CPL Locations except for PALMonday – Friday10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Main Library Drive-up Window OnlyMonday – Friday
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Due to the public health threat of COVID-19, patrons are required to wear face coverings and maintain social distance. Our neighborhood branches will limit capacity and seating, as well as require visitors to limit their visits to one hour and 15 minutes to ensure everyone has access to the Library.

The Public Administration Library (PAL) will remain closed due to limited hours at City Hall.

OUR FUTURE IS BUILDING: Our plans to renovate existing branches and build new ones will soon become a reality. Construction will begin this Spring. To get ready for the construction projects, West Park, Woodland, and Jefferson branches will not reopen to visitors on February 22 with the rest of the Library system. Curbside and walk-up services will still be available at West Park, Woodland, and Jefferson. All services will cease at those branches at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 2 for construction.


Can’t make it to your neighborhood branch? Let us bring the library to you. Cleveland Public Library users can now receive their favorite books and movies at home through the mail.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Library is offering a new free service, Words on Wheels, to adult residents of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District which includes Cleveland, Bratenahl, Newburgh Heights, and Linndale.For more information on Words on Wheels and Homebound Service, visit


Cleveland Public Library is making sure no one goes hungry. In partnership with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, the Library is now offering three meal services:

  • Kids’ Cafe: Nutritious grab-and-go meals for youth, ages 18 and under. Kids’ Café is offered Monday – Friday at all locations.
  • Backpack Meals:  A two-day supply of meals for youth, ages 18 and under. Backpack meals include two breakfasts, two entrees, and two snacks. Meals are available Monday-Friday.
  • Emergency Food Boxes:  Adults and families can pick up a 20-30 lb. box of non-perishable, dry goods including milk, pasta, rice, and canned goods such as fruit and tuna. Emergency food boxes are available Monday-Friday.


Looking to get back to work or learn a new skill? Cleveland Public Library is offering a series of computer classes to help people create resumes, search for jobs, and understand how to operate Microsoft software.

Mobile printing is also available from home using your computer or mobile device. Print from the web, email, or mobile device, then visit your local branch to pick up your items.

Cleveland Public Library will celebrate Founders Day on Wednesday, February 17. All library locations will be closed to the public until 2 p.m. to allow for staff development. Patrons are encouraged to use our digital collection to find their next great read, movie, or audiobook. Visit to learn about our Homebound Service and Words on Wheels programs.