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WHAT Most Cleveland Public Library locations will reopen their doors to visitors for browsing. Curbside and walk-up services will still be provided.

West Park, Woodland, and Jefferson branches will only offer curbside and walk-up services until 6 p.m. on Friday, April 2 when all operations will cease for construction. The Public Administration Library (PAL) will remain closed due to limited hours at City Hall.

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.

WHERE All Cleveland Public Library locations

WHEN Monday, February 22, 2021

CPL announces closures and community meetings about upcoming construction projects

FEBRUARY 16, 2021: Cleveland Public Library’s promise to the community is coming to fruition. This year, it will renovate or rebuild our branches to improve the Library user experience in each neighborhood.

Construction will begin this Spring. To prepare for the building projects, West ParkWoodland, and Jefferson branches will not reopen for browsing on February 22 with the rest of the Library system. Curbside and walk-up services will be available until 6 p.m. on Friday, April 2. At that time, West Park, Woodland, and Jefferson will close for construction. Patrons are encouraged to visit another Cleveland Public Library location or utilize our books by mail service, Words on Wheels.

“The Facilities Master Plan has been years in the making. Cleveland Public Library is excited to see these much-anticipated projects take shape,” remarks John Lang, Chief Operating Officer at Cleveland Public Library.

As part of the process to reimagine our neighborhood branches, Cleveland Public Library is hosting a series of community meetings to learn what people want to see in their future branches and how they plan to use the facilities. The virtual meetings will focus on the design and construction of the following branches: Brooklyn, Eastman, Lorain, Rockport, and SterlingAll community sessions will be held online. The first meeting is for the Eastman Branch project on Thursday, February 18 at 6 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to register.

“Cleveland Public Library wants everyone to be a part of the design process. It’s important to us that each branch reflects the needs of the neighborhoods it serves,” Lang adds.



Facilities Master Plan Project

Meeting Dates

Meeting Times

Brooklyn Branch

Tuesday, March 2

Tuesday, March 16

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Eastman Branch

Thursday, February 18

Thursday, March 4

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Lorain Branch

Tuesday, February 23

Thursday, March 11

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Rockport Branch

Thursday, February 25

Tuesday, March 9

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Sterling Branch

Tuesday, March 2

Tuesday, March 16

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Representatives from VoconMoody NolanCBLH Design, and HBM Architects will be on hand to discuss their research on the community and their inspirations for their respective Library projects.

For the latest information on the Facilities Master Plan, visit cpl.org or our coUrbanize project site.

Cleveland Public Library teams up with Legal Aid to host a series of legal sessions

FEBRUARY 19, 2021: Cleveland Public Library is partnering with The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland to provide free legal advice and education seminars.

The Legal Aid at the Library sessions will be on Facebook Live. Legal Aid attorneys, Cleveland Public Library staff, and special guests will tackle a different topic each month. The first Facebook Live seminar on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 5 p.m. will focus on Immigration with the Refugee Response and Catholic Charities.







Tuesday, February 23

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Guardianship and Mental Health

Tuesday, March 30

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Record Sealing

Tuesday, April 27

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The March 30 seminar on guardianship and mental health will include guests from NAMI Lorain and the Reminger law firm.

The Cuyahoga County Public Defender’s Office and the Office of Reentry will join the April 27 conversation on record sealing. We will highlight changes to record sealing law that go into in early April and the new application process through the Office of Reentry.

“Knowing your rights makes our communities stronger. These seminars will help people understand our legal system, learn which questions to ask to seek meaningful answers, as well as, how to fight for better treatment,” remarks Aaron Mason, Director of Community Engagement at Cleveland Public Library. “We invite everyone to join us.”

For more information on programming at Cleveland Public Library, visit  cpl.org/eventsclasses/.





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