The Library Steps Up Cleaning and Safety Measures to Protect Patrons and Staff from the Coronavirus

Cleveland Public Library is taking precautions to protect its employees and patrons against COVID-19 known as Coronavirus.

In response to concerns about the spread of this respiratory disease, the Library’s Facilities Management Department has increased the frequency of cleaning in high traffic areas and “high-touch” surfaces and objects such as computers, door handles, and elevator buttons. Care kits are being assembled for all branches and subject departments throughout the Library system. The kits include hand sanitizer, gloves, and tissues. Library buildings have posters – in English and Spanish – with information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how to maintain good hygiene and best practices for washing hands.

“The health and safety of our staff and patrons are of the utmost importance. Cleveland Public Library staff is closely following the CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. We’re asking our patrons to do the same. Keeping COVID-19 at bay is a community effort,” said Felton Thomas, Jr., Executive Director and CEO of Cleveland Public Library.

“We understand this is a fluid situation. The Library has formed a task force to monitor developments and updates from local, county and state authorities, as well as, the Cleveland Department of Public Health.”

All major events at Cleveland Public Library during the months of March and April are cancelled. View the full list of cancelled programs.

The Library is asking patrons and Library employees to follow the preventative measures outlined by the CDC.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

For more information on the Coronavirus, visit, the Cleveland Department of Public Health or the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has helpful fact sheets that outline What You Need to Know about Coronavirus and What to Do If You Are Sick.