cleveland public library
cleveland public library

Refocused Strategic Plan

  • Cleveland Public Library is for all people and provides a nearly limitless opportunity for learning. In this, the Library’s sesquicentennial anniversary, the Library is sharpening its vision for the future through its strategic plan based on insight and feedback provided by the community. Specifically, the Library is focusing on three pillars of its strategy:

Level Opportunity

The Library removes barriers to learning and connects people with resources to build readiness for opportunity.

Foster Learning Experiences

CPL sparks curiosity in individuals and helps them build skills.

Facilitate Discovery

CPL opens possibilities to pursue dreams and deepens understanding so that learning becomes a co-created experience.

Facilities Master Plan

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.