Cleveland Public Library - Eastman Branch

community review
Phase Community Review

What's in the Works

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


It is recommended that the building be renovated to update the interior throughout while maintaining much of the current spatial configuration. Additional study and teen spaces will improve service. Consideration should be given to small additions or site improvements in the space created by the recessed entries to increase available building space and enliven the street. Opportunities to improve visibility and street presence by modifying or re-cladding portions of the exterior should be studied, particularly the East façade. Based on the location and limitations of expansion, it is recommended this building remain a Neighborhood Branch.

What's There Now

The site is currently the 12,000-square-foot library facility designed by architects Joseph Ceruti & Associates.


The Eastman branch is one of the most attended and highest circulating branches in the system. Its location in a heavily trafficked area and larger size relative to many in the system likely contribute to its popularity. However, the small site severely limits opportunity for expansion and the building’s design is imposing and introverted with minimal visibility in from the street. The deeply recessed entries pull activity off the street and are potential security concerns.

What's Happening Next

The project is in the design phase. Please check the Read more...