Cleveland's Historic South Branch Library Finally Reopens Dec. 1


  • Photo via Cleveland Public Library
For five years Clevelanders in the Tremont/Clark-Fulton neighborhoods have awaited the reopening of the South Branch Library at its rightful home on the corner of Scranton Road and Clark Avenue. This Saturday, they'll be waiting no more.

After plenty of discussion, planning and a full renovation, the historic Andrew Carnegie-funded library building is finally opening to the public with an all-new 1,600-square-foot fully ADA-compliant addition.

Closed back in 2013, the nearly 110-year-old building was in need of serious structural and electrical repairs. Through the renovation, the building's integrity has remained intact, as much of the wood features, fireplace and skylight are still on display.

“It’s remarkable that the community members voiced their opinions and their needs, and that the Library was able to respond by saving a historical building," Jaime Declet, the South Branch manager, said in a statement. "That corner of Scranton and Clark wouldn’t be the same without a library—a library helps bring life to that part of the neighborhood. We can’t wait to be back.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony starts at noon Saturday, with tours running through 5 p.m. RSVP to attend the ceremony right here.

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