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Cleveland Public Library

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Address: 325 Superior Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44114-1271
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Absolutely Beautiful Building & Awesome Exhibits!

WOW ~ what a gorgeous building! Was built in the 1800's for use as a public library and has always been public library. Lots of interesting art in and around the building. Great... read more

Reviewed October 27, 2016
Jennifer S
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Reviewed October 27, 2016

WOW ~ what a gorgeous building! Was built in the 1800's for use as a public library and has always been public library. Lots of interesting art in and around the building. Great courtyard area between two main library buildings. They had an awesome Shakespeare exhibit when I was there. Could have spent quite a bit more time just perusing... More 

1 Thank Jennifer S
New Jersey
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Reviewed October 16, 2016

Walking around Cleveland, we happened to pass by the public library and poked our heads in just to take a peak. Over the course of the next hour or so, we were entertained by the knowledge, wisdom and kindness by William Spencer, MLIS, who was working at the front desk. His knowledge, enthusiasm and love of the Library while giving... More 

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Reviewed September 14, 2016

Saw the genealogy department and so much more. A stunning venue with endless rooms. The people working there were very helpful and indulged all of our questions.

Thank tomjet3
Chesterland, Ohio
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Reviewed September 14, 2016

The Cleveland Public Library Building downtown was built at a time when Cleveland was one of the richest and most prosperous cities in America, and it shows. At one time it was the largest collection in the country outside of the Library of Congress and New York, and that may still be true. The main building is an architectural treasure.... More 

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Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

Not only is it a beautiful building with a great garden attached to sit and read in an oasis of the busy downtown but the collection is first rate!!!

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Reviewed August 28, 2016

Wandered in and were greeted immediately by a library staffer named Bill who went out of his way to show us around and share helpful tips about Cleveland. Great building, free exhibits.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed August 25, 2016

A friend and I had a blast in the Makerspace. We actually made a wooden sign with the laser printer! Phenomenal! Can't wait to go back and try my hand with more ideas. Call to make a reservation for the computer! What a gem. Great help staff!

Thank RuthieRunner55
Cleveland, OH
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Reviewed August 23, 2016

This is a gem of a library. Not only is the architecture and interior amazing but they will happily bring out special collections for you to view and regularly have art exhibits and installations on site. A wonderful asset!

Thank mholis
Middletown, Ohio
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Reviewed August 22, 2016

Went to a book sale and got a GIANT travel bag for $6! A whole new library of my own with every subject and DVDs.

Thank Mary C
McKinney, Texas
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Reviewed August 20, 2016

This is a blend of the old historical building and the new building and the Eastman Reading Garden sits between the two. The reading garden is a great place to have lunch or take a break and enjoy the peace and quiet. Cracking Art adorns the library and reading garden. There are several colorful creatures on display.

Thank Tenishea T

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