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Cleveland Public Library - Glenville Campus

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Cleveland, OH

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What's in the Works

Cleveland Public Library is transforming Glenville Branch into a vibrant, fully renovated community library. Glenville Branch will be a library of the future that respects the history of the building and the neighborhood.


It is recommended that this branch be renovated to modernize and make better use of the space. A small addition at the north face could push the entry closer to the St Clair and create a more welcoming presence at the street edge. As the entry is reconfigured consideration should be given to whether the existing mezzanine should be made accessible for limited use with a new stair or removed to take full advantage of the volume of the lobby space. There is no space to expand parking on site but the library may consider pursuing a shared parking agreement with the church lot across St Clair and working with the city to add a cross walk to facilitate access.


With generous support from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, the Glenville Branch with feature a digital innovation center. The digital innovation center, which will be known as the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Workforce and Senior Digital Innovation Center, will serve as a creative, collaborative and educational space where Glenville residents can access software, emerging technologies, STEM education and workforce and career development opportunities. The Mandel brothers once called the Glenville neighborhood home.

What's There Now

The current Glenville Branch was planned in 1978 as a new building that combined the Glenville and Arlington branch libraries. Architect T.K. Zung, a native of Shanghai, China, designed the branch.


The Glenville branch is located on an active portion of St Clair and uses its site efficiently. However, the exterior of the building is perceived as unwelcoming and the deeply recessed entry does not provide a presence at the street. The building is on a single story and is one of the larger branches in the system but the current layout leaves a significant amount of space underutilized. Parking is limited on site but there is little opportunity to expand and no adjacent lots to consider for acquisition.

What's Happening Next

The project is in the design phase. Please check the timeline for upcoming events. We invite you to subscribe for email updates and add your feedback or ask questions in our comment section. At Cleveland Public Library, Our Future is Building. For more information on all projects, click here

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Public Benefits

Library Services

Cleveland Public Library is The People’s University, the center of learning for a diverse and inclusive community.


Cleveland Public Library is working to ensure that all our libraries are easily accessed. Bikers, drivers, walkers and riders will all experience a welcoming approach to their library branch.


Cleveland Public Library's Eastman Branch project will be a historically sensitive restoration that follows sustainable practices in design and construction.


Cleveland Public Library is working with Greater Cleveland RTA to explore opportunities to enhance existing public transportation connections to and from the site.


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