faces revenue loss caused by the COVID–19 Pandemic
MAY 2, 2020:
Cleveland Public Library
is taking cost-saving measures to offset a decrease in state
funding and tax revenue due to COVID-19.
The $6 million cost reduction plan includes a hiring freeze,
curtailing collections spending, and utilizing the Library’s
Additionally, Cleveland Public Library submitted a SharedWork
Ohio application to the Ohio Department of Job and Family
Services on May 1. If approved, SharedWork would allow employees
to remain employed with reduced hours while allowing the Library
to trim costs to account for revenue losses and disruptions to
operations. Cleveland Public Library would save $2.3 million
“This is a difficult time for everyone. The decisions we make
today will have a direct impact on the Library’s future. After
much discussion with our staff and leadership, we believe
SharedWork is the best option for us to avoid layoffs,” said
Felton Thomas, Jr., Executive Director and CEO of Cleveland
Cleveland Public Library is funded by the state’s Public Library
Fund (PLF) and city property taxes. The Library anticipates the
PLF will be reduced by at least 20% and property taxes could
experience a 10% drop.
“We continue to look for ways to save money without hurting
operations at Cleveland Public Library. Our goal is to ensure
the Library and staff will be here for our patrons who rely on
us for programs and services,” Thomas remarks.
The Library closed to the public on March 13 to help prevent the
spread of the virus.
Cleveland Public Library is still offering services online
including this year’s summer reading program, Summer Lit
League scheduled to kick off on June 1. Visit cpl.org for
storytime and resources related to COVID-19, career
help, small business assistance, social services, and