Quiet study rooms in all of Cleveland areas newly opened buildings provide home-based business owners and entrepreneurs with free public workspace on a first-come, first-served basis. Cuyahoga County Public Library in Northeast Ohio is recognized as one of the nation’s best and busiest public library systems. We have the highest per-capita circulation of any large urban library system in the United States. Our customers value Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) because libraries make a difference to people and communities, and our customers recognize that CCPL is at the forefront of public library innovation.
The library of the future needs to be financially sustainable and able to provide the community with:
* Open access to information and technology.
* A reliable high-speed broadband connection.
* Materials and programs that support reading, lifelong learning and civic engagement.
CCPL cannot afford to maintain buildings that cost more to operate but deliver less to the community.
The library has completed five replacement buildings and four renovations since April 2012 -– and we already see positive results. Our new interactive Play, Learn and Grow areas allow young children to build critical early literacy skills. These spaces are designed to feel like storybooks come to life and are filled with exhibits that help children learn letters, numbers and sound out words.
The building projects also enable CCPL to provide services focused on 21st-century workforce needs. Our Fairview Park Branch renovation included the addition of a dedicated Cuyahoga Works Job & Career Services space -– the first of its kind on the West Side. In our new Garfield Heights Branch, customers have the opportunity to gain important experience using high-tech equipment in a digital audio and video recording studio.
Over the next 18 months, CCPL will complete the remaining nine building projects. With a responsibility to serve nearly 620,000 residents across 47 communities, the library’s capital investments today will ensure a high-quality public library system for generations to come.