MARCH 13, 2020:
Out an abundance of care for its staff and patrons and in
an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Cleveland Public
Library (CPL) closed to the public today, until further
notice. All programs, services, outreach activities, and meeting
room reservations have been cancelled.
Out of an abundance of caution, Cleveland Public Library must
temporarily suspend plans to deliver meals to children.
The Library had
planned to provide take-home meals at Main Library and our 27
neighborhood branches. However, we must cancel that service due
to health concerns of our staff.
“This was a difficult decision for the staff at Cleveland Public
Library. We know how much our community depends on us. We hope
our closure will keep our employees and patrons safe and
healthy and reduce exposure to this disease,” said Felton
Thomas, Jr., Executive Director and CEO of Cleveland Public
Library. “We are strongly encouraging patrons to utilize our
online services. Patrons with materials already checked out
should keep them until further notice.”
Our digital and streaming services include e-books, audiobooks,
movies, and music. Patrons can access those services here.
Cleveland Public Library has compiled a list of resources
and materials to help students maintain their reading skills and
prepare for state assessment tests while
schools are closed. Parents and students can click here for that information.
During the Library’s closure,
our Property Management Department will deep clean and
sanitize the Main Library, Louis Stokes Wing, and
Cleveland Public Library is asking everyone to help prevent the
spread of the coronavirus by following the preventive measures
outlined by the CDC:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20
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
For more information on the Coronavirus and at home
resources, visit our
website, the Cleveland Department of Public Health website, the
Cuyahoga County Board of Health website,
or the State of Ohio Department of Health website or
by calling 833-4-ASK-ODH.
The Centers 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.