Euclid Public Library

631 East 222nd Street
Euclid, OH 44123

216-261-5300

Library Purpose Statement:

"Euclid Public Library will provide a variety of resources to meet the lifelong learning needs of our citizens."

Core Values:

We are committed to -

- Nurturing the power of reading and lifelong learning
- Providing equal access to information to all
- Providing a rich and diverse collection that includes the controversial and unpopular
- Practicing skilled customer service
- Respecting the diversity of our community and staff
- Supporting the professional development of all staff
- Treating our community and staff with dignity and respect
- Providing an attractive, functional and well-maintained facility
- Being accountable for our performance
- Practicing fiscally responsible management of public resources

Library History:

Euclid Public Library was created in 1935 from two branch libraries located in Euclid Central and Shore High Schools. A library Board was appointed. Post war years saw an expansion of Euclid's population, and as each new school was built, EPL established a branch in the school. By 1958 we had 12 branches which pointed out the need for a main library. The library Board was able to save enough money in a building fund to build a library on the present East 222nd Street site at a cost of nearly $300,000. That original building remains part of the library today.

As Euclid's population grew so did library usage, and by 1964 the need for a larger library was apparent. Expansion funds were approved by Euclid voters, and a new addition that tripled the size of the original building was completed in 1966. In 1985 the building was remodeled and updated once again to make better use of existing space. This enabled the addition of space for small discussion groups, preschool story hours, technological advancements, and accessibility for the disabled.

In the next ten years library circulation doubled. Audiovisual collections grew from zero to more than 12,000 items. Meeting rooms were filled to capacity. Through a strategic planning process, the community expressed its desire for a technology center, more space for children's and young adult services, a designated area for an African-American collection, better accessibility for the disabled, and more meeting rooms.

In 1995 the residents of Euclid recognized these needs by approving a bond issue for construction of an expanded facility to house these services. That facility is now a reality with 48,000 square feet on the original site.

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