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CPL expands closure during COVID-19 pandemic

The Library will close until further notice to limit the spread of coronavirus  


MARCH 13, 2020: Out an abundance of care for its staff and patrons and in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Cleveland Public Library (CPL) closed to the public today, until further notice. All programs, services, outreach activities, and meeting room reservations have been cancelled.   


Out of an abundance of caution, Cleveland Public Library must temporarily suspend plans to deliver meals to children.


The Library had planned to provide take-home meals at Main Library and our 27 neighborhood branches. However, we must cancel that service due to health concerns of our staff.


“This was a difficult decision for the staff at Cleveland Public Library. We know how much our community depends on us. We hope our closure will keep our employees and patrons safe and healthy and reduce exposure to this disease,” said Felton Thomas, Jr., Executive Director and CEO of Cleveland Public Library. “We are strongly encouraging patrons to utilize our online services. Patrons with materials already checked out should keep them until further notice.”   


Our digital and streaming services include e-books, audiobooks, movies, and music. Patrons can access those services here.   


Cleveland Public Library has compiled a list of resources and materials to help students maintain their reading skills and prepare for state assessment tests while schools are closed. Parents and students can click here for that information.  


During the Library’s closure, our Property Management Department will deep clean and sanitize the Main Library, Louis Stokes Wing, and our branches.  


Cleveland Public Library is asking everyone to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus by following the preventive measures outlined by the CDC:  

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick  

  • Stay home when you are sick

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue  

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces  

For more information on the Coronavirus and at home resources, visit our website, the Cleveland Department of Public Health website, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health website, or the State of Ohio Department of Health website or by calling 833-4-ASK-ODH.    


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has helpful fact sheets that outline What You Need to Know about Coronavirus and What to Do If You Are Sick.   


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