The Library’s reopening will be done in phases. On Wednesday,
May 27, staff at the Ohio Library for the Blind and
Physically Disabled (OLBPD), which is operated by Cleveland
Public Library, will be available to answer phone calls from
patrons. Mail circulation for OLBPD will also resume.
On Monday, June 1, phone lines will be back open at all
Library locations. Library staff will be available to take calls
about holds, reference questions, and general Library
information. Patrons can sign up for virtual programming
and services. Patrons can return borrowed materials to the book
drops. Library hours will temporarily change until further
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday – Thursday
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday
On Monday, June 8, curbside and walk-up service will
begin at Main Library, the Louis Stokes Wing, and five
All other Library branches remain closed with reference service
available by phone. Here’s a step-by-step guide to curbside
service at Cleveland Public Library:
STEP 1: Reserve
items online at cpl.org or by phone with your Library card
handy. Don’t know exactly what you want? Call us and we can
STEP 2: Call
ahead to schedule a time to pick up materials.
STEP 3: How
do you plan to pick up your materials: Curbside or Walk-Up
FOR CURBSIDE PICK-UP:
Park your car in a designated spot
Call the Library location to notify staff of your arrival
Open your trunk or cargo area so materials can be placed
Return to your car and be prepared to show your library card
or state ID
FOR WALK-UP SERVICE:
Call the Library upon arrival.
Be prepared to show your Library card or photo ID.
Your materials will be placed on a pick-up table.
STEP 4: All
items will be placed in plastic Library bags for your safety.
STEP 5: Don’t
forget to return all items to the book drop.
Service at the drive-up window at Main Library will remain the
same. The Eastman Reading Garden will be open with social
“We’ve spent two months planning our return and discussing best
practices for maintaining a safe environment,” Thomas Jr.
remarks. “Our staff is undergoing COVID-19 training to better
serve our community and taking a phased approach to eventually
welcoming patrons back into our locations.”
When the Library does begin to welcome patrons in its locations,
patrons will notice new social distancing guidelines and
Library staff in personal protective equipment. Patrons
should wear masks for their safety. Based on guidance from
the state and health authorities, Cleveland Public Library
adapted its procedures for cleaning and sanitizing its
facilities and handling materials. Returned materials will now
be placed under quarantine for 72 hours to prevent the spread of
Cleveland Public Library is offering virtual
programs and services including
tutoring, career and legal assistance and health classes. This
year’s summer reading program, Summer
kicks off on June 1 to help children strengthen their literacy
If you can’t find what you’re looking for, just ASK CPL to live
chat with a Librarian. Look for the “ASK CPL” chat bubble
on the homepage, cpl.org.