“We can’t wait to see our patrons inside our buildings again.
It’s been a long journey and a lot of planning to get to this
moment,” said Felton Thomas, Jr., Executive Director and
CEO of Cleveland Public Library. “COVID-19 will forever change
the Library experience. However,
our top-notch customer service and Library rich programming to
educate and enrich our community will remain the same.”
When our facilities reopen, visitors will notice new
social distancing guidelines and Library staff in personal
protective equipment. Visitors are required to wear face
coverings for the safety of staff and the public. The Library
will make disposable masks available to patrons. Other changes
include plexiglass on the lending desks, increased cleaning of
facilities, and returned materials placed under quarantine for
96 hours to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Cleveland Public Library’s hours of operation are changing.
There will be special hours for immunocompromised patrons:
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday – Saturday
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Cleveland Public Library will monitor visitor capacity and limit
visits to one-hour to allow everyone who wants to visit the
Library to access our materials and resources safely.
Computers will be available again. The Library has reconfigured
computer rooms and areas for social distancing. Computer usage
will be limited to one hour to allow for cleaning and more
people to access the internet. Patrons are encouraged to reserve
a time slot on cpl.org and
will be asked to help keep the Library clean by wiping down the
area after use. All meeting rooms will remain closed
“We listened to our patrons. Our goal has always been to provide
what they want and need,” said Harriette Parks, Director
of Public Services at Cleveland Public Library. “After countless
internal planning meetings, reviewing guidance from state and
local officials, consulting other Library systems, and
conferring with local experts like MetroHealth, the
Library has developed a plan to provide a safe environment for
our staff and patrons while maintaining a level of service that
our community has grown accustomed to from us.”
Cleveland Public Library will continue to offer walk-up and
drive-up service, as well as print, fax, and copy services.
Patrons can now receive 10 free copies and can text their local
branch when they arrive.
Grab and go meals are still available at all Cleveland Public
Library locations. Meals will be provided daily to children age
18 and under. Families can call their closest Library branch for
meal pickup times.
The Library will provide virtual programs until further notice.
Our offerings include job and legal assistance, health classes,
online storytime, and starting this Fall, a year-round program,
and resources to help our littlest Clevelanders get ready for
No internet? No problem!
Dial-a-Story is coming this Fall. It allows
families to call in to a special phone number to listen to
several children's classics such as Pinocchio and Alice