As part of the tax levy that was passed in 2017, the Library committed to revitalizing its branches to best serve Cleveland communities well into the future. The Library partnered with Bialosky+Partners Architects on a multi-year capital project to ensure its neighborhood branch libraries could continue to provide safe, inclusive and sustainable environments.
Through a series of collaborative public meetings and focus groups held in partnership with Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC), the team identified how select branch libraries could be improved and updated to better serve their surrounding neighborhoods. By soliciting input from a diverse range of Library patrons, neighborhood residents and community stakeholders, the Library and CUDC developed a clearer vision for these branches.
The first phase of that process, which focused mainly on critical maintenance and facility improvements, is now complete. The second phase, which concentrates more on the experience and environment inside the branches, is now under way. This branch revitalization plan marks the third system-wide capital project in Cleveland Public Library’s 150-year history.