East Cleveland Public Library has experienced continuous growth in the past decade. This is reflected in their need for new and expanded space to accommodate the many functions that are required in an up-to-date facility.
The Main Branch Library is located on the Northwest corner of Euclid Avenue and Bryn Mawr Avenue. This site is contiguous with a major development initiated by the Federal Government, composed of the new Louis B. Stokes Windermere Transit Station and the new 28,000 sq. ft. Headstart Program Building. One of the major needs of the Main Branch is parking. A critical issue of the new urban design, for all of these building programs, will be the availability of a parking site to service the needs of the Library.
The initial analysis suggested that the existing building, a Carnegie Library, is beautifully designed but inadequate to accommodate the current and future needs. A space study identified an additional space requirement of approximately 20,000 sq. ft. This will allow the existing West Wing to be completely renovated. The new wing will include a Reading Gallery, an Auditorium with 250 seats, a Multi-Purpose Room that can be divided into two 40 seat areas, a Black Heritage Room, an Adult Room, Media Center, Math and Science Center, Computer Lab, and Children’s Center.
The existing West Wing will accommodate an expanded Administrative on the first floor. The lower level will be a full stack area accessible for the public. Some areas will be multi-level.