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In February 2009, our Board of Trustees approved a new Mission, Vision and reaffirmed our Goals and Priorities.
Recent reductions in state funding and local property tax revenues have presented us with a new challenge – to continue our tradition of excellence and innovation with fewer resources. To meet this challenge, the Cuyahoga County Public Library Board of Trustees has developed a long-term financial plan that emphasizes Convenient, Accountable, Relevant and Effective library service. We’re calling it CARE: A Library for the Future.
Cuyahoga County Public Library will be at the center of community life by providing an environment where reading, lifelong learning and civic engagement thrive.
The Library will support initiatives and efforts that impact the quality of life for all in Cuyahoga County. We will be the most convenient public library in the nation and be known for the quality of our customer service. Our branches and website will be centers of excellence and serve as gathering places. Through innovative services and collaborations we will satisfy our community's needs and exceed expectations. Our staff will reflect the diversity of our communities and promote and create an accessible, friendly environment.
Turn occasional customers into regular customers by providing convenient and personal service that exceeds customers’ expectations and encourages them to rely on the library for more services and programs.
Include our six priorities in everything we do. Refresh current services, develop new partnerships and create best in class initiatives that demonstrate our six priorities and bring them to life.
Be an advocate for our Library by positively representing CCPL through words and actions when interacting with customers, co-workers and community partners.
Reconnect with reading
Ensure every child enters school ready to learn
Help youth to reach maximum potential
Put Cuyahoga County back to work
Keep seniors healthy, happy and independent
Connect with new Americans
Supporting and fostering the reading public remains the core priority of public library service.
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The Board generally meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, eleven times a year. All meetings are open to the public, in accordance with Ohio’s Sunshine Law. Meetings begin at 6:00 PM in the Auditorium of the Library’s Administrative Office Building.
Board Committee meetings take place throughout the year. Monthly notices are posted on the public bulletin boards in branch libraries for all Board meetings scheduled during the month. If you are planning to attend a Board meeting, it is suggested that you call 216.398.1800 in advance to verify the meeting date, time, and location.
Meetings begin at 6:00 PM in the Auditorium of the Library’s Administrative Office Building.
You can also view the minutes from past meetings of the Board of Trustees.
Finance Committee meetings are held at 8:00 am at the Library's Administration Builiding. Capital and Policy, Planning & External Relations meetings are scheduled for 4:30 PM.
Cuyahoga County Public Library is a separate political subdivision. It is not part of county government. The Library Board has no taxing authority and must have Cuyahoga County Government place ballot issues before the voters on behalf of the Library in the47 communities in its service district.
Cuyahoga County Public Library has a seven-member Board of Trustees which is the governing body authorized by the State of Ohio to establish policies and develop an annual budget. Board members represent the citizens’ interest while promoting the highest level of library service appropriate to the community, in accordance with state law.
Members of the Board of Library Trustees are appointed for seven-year terms by Cuyahoga County Government. Board members serve without remuneration.
Mr. Varley is the Managing Director of Midwest
State & Local Affairs for Dominion. A resident
of Solon, he was appointed by the Court of
Ms. Haller is the Community Engagement Manager for The Sherwin-Williams Company. She was appointed by the Court of Common Pleas to fill an unexpired term that runs through May 2017. A resident of Cleveland, she was selected for the Cleveland Executive Fellowship in 2006-07.
Edward H. Blakemore currently serves as Senior Attorney-Litigation in the Law Department for Eaton Corporation and is also on the Board of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. A graduate of Morehouse College, Blakemore earned his law degree from the
University of Dayton School of Law. His term expires December 2012.
Ms. Adams was appointed to the Library Board by the Cuyahoga County Commissioners in 2003. She was reappointed to a seven-year term in 2010 that ends in 2017. A resident of Berea, she won a national election to the Executive Board of the Urban Libraries Council in 2007.
Mr. Calabrese is President of Catholic Community Connection.
A resident of University Heights, Calabrese was appointed by
the County Commissioners for a seven-year term in 2006.
His term expires in 2013.
Mr. Powers is a retired attorney who resides in Cleveland. He was appointed to the Board of Library Trustees by the Court of Common Pleas on June 5, 1996, to fill an unexpired term. He was reappointed to a seven-year term in 2007 that expires in 2014. He holds an elected seat on the Ohio Library Council Board of Directors.
A North Royalton resident, Fuentes-Casiano is a Research Assistant with Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Case Medical Center, and a member of the CWRU President’s Advisory Council on Minorities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree from Cleveland State University and a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University and is highly active in the Hispanic community. She was appointed by the County Executive to fill an unexpired term that ends in March 2015.
Our library system has no main library. You can search for/request any item in our collection (or in the collections of our partners in SearchOhio and OhioLINK) from any of our branches (or through our website). Designate the branch of your choice as the pick-up branch, and return any item to any of our branches. Our Administrative Office Building serves as headquarters for all divisions of the Library. It is here that the day-to-day library administration is conducted in support of branch operations. This modern building also includes an auditorium and an electronic classroom, and is the site of the Board of Trustees' monthly meeting.
Also located in our Administration building are the offices of our Executive Director, Sari Feldman, our Deputy Director, Tracy Strobel and Operations Director and Fiscal Officer, Scott Morgan. Contact Form
Cuyahoga County Public Library has many bid and contract service opportunities during the year. The Library is looking for partnering opportunities with organizations complementary to the Library and its mission and vision.
Our Facilities Division, located in our Administrative Office Building, posts bids / contract opportunities as needed.
Our current partners include the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Indians, the Cleveland Browns, the Cleveland Playhouse, and more.
More about our Community Partners
Contact our Marketing Division, located in our Administrative Office Building, for information regarding partnering.
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