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Cleveland Public Library

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Address: 325 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone Number: 216 623 2800
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An old fashioned library mixed with new

This is old time architecture and book choices with the new high tech mixed in with the new building next door. In the main building, even the lobby is a visual treat. Look up... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is old time architecture and book choices with the new high tech mixed in with the new building next door. In the main building, even the lobby is a visual treat. Look up and see the world. Be sure to keep walking straight ahead and check out the reading room. Then off to the books upstairs, floor after floor... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I work in a branch but used to take my kids and scout troops to the main branch years before I Became a librarian. Lots of great free programs. A new Tech Central department full of all kinds of high tech gadgets. A great kids department, a large research collection, some unique treasures in the rare book collection and the... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

My husband and I mainly went to the Cleveland Public Library to admire the architecture. We were pleasantly surprised that there was also a tiny book and chess game exhibit. It was fun to learn about chess games from around the world. The tiny books were tiny.The architecture was very breathtaking in certain rooms. The Cleveland Public Library is made... More 

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Livonia, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The internet cafe is well maintained, and easy to use. The renovations are also interesting. The origional limestone structure is huge!

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Sandwich, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We wandered into the Special Collections area where one of the librarians treated us to a show of one of the folios of an original 2nd edition set of Audubon bird prints. (A researcher had requested them earlier in the week and they were still out on the tables.) When I mentioned that the story of the prints reminded me... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Cleveland has a remarkable library system with many helpful and knowlegeable staff. If you are visiting from out of town any of the branches will be happy to assist you but for most people they are going to want to visit the main library on Superior. The original Main Building of the library is magnificent. Make an effort to see... More 

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Drexel Hill, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

The facilities are amazing; there's a self-guided tour booklet available. I'm jealous of the range of library services available to Cleveland residents, even though I have a great library system at home! The gift shop sells withdrawn materials as well as greeting cards and gift items; as a tourist I used them to buy a few books for travel reading... More 

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Virginia
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Cleveland is known to have one of the better library systems in the United States. This building is huge and beautiful, and well worth seeing if you are in downtown Cleveland.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Historical and beautiful. The staff are very happy to give some history and pointers to allow you to discover on your own. You have to see it to believe the amount of historical information in one building. A must see in Cleveland.

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Westlake, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

The Cleveland Public Library downtown is beautiful. A must see. The staff are friendly, helpful and the architecture is definitely worth seeing. Do it.

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