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Cleveland Public Library - Jefferson Campus

Project location

Cleveland, OH

Project phase


What's in the Works

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


It is recommended that this branch be renovated to create a highly flexible space that maximizes the limited square footage available to create a viable Neighborhood Branch. A small addition on the parking lot side of the building would allow for consolidation of staff spaces and an improved entry experience from the parking lot. An addition also will also improve visibility from Professor Avenue.

What's There Now

The site is currently the 1918 library building.


This Carnegie branch has retained much of its historic character and is in fair condition after recent deferred maintenance updates. While small and in need of modernizing the simple, open layout lends itself to renovation. The geographic service area for the branch is one of the smallest in the system but it is better attended than that would indicate and its location in an active, historic neighborhood is an asset to the system. The site is small and surrounded by privately owned and occupied properties making expansion in this location unlikely.

What's Happening Next

The project is completed. 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. We will continue to update this page if any addition information about the building project becomes available. 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.

Open Space

The proposed project will feature green space including an outdoor reading area.


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.

Pedestrian Streetscape

This project will improve the pedestrian experience with greater connectivity to Jefferson Ave.


Cleveland Public Library's Jefferson 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.


The renovation of Jefferson Branch will feature improvements that make access to the building easier for all patrons.


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