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rendering of new rockport branch of the cleveland public library

Cleveland Public Library - Rockport Campus

Project location

Cleveland, OH

Project phase


What's in the Works

Cleveland Public Library is transforming a series of open lots near the current library building into a vibrant new community library branch. The proposed Rockport Branch will be a library of the future while respecting the history of the Bellaire-Puritas area.


It is recommended that a new larger branch be built on the undeveloped greenspace at the corner of Puritas and 140th Street. A new, larger branch located at the corner of the site would create prominent visibility for the library and contribute to a new gateway to the 140th street education corridor. The size and location of the site as well as the heavy use of this branch set it up to become a new Community Hub.

What's There Now

The site is currently vacant (the corner of Puritas and West 140th).


This branch is on an excellent site but the building’s design and placement does not take advantage of the prominence it provides. Located at the north end of the site with parking and undeveloped greenspace fronting the south edge the building has poor visibility from Puritas. While one of the highest circulating branches in the system the building has no dedicated meeting rooms after the creation of a new teen space, limiting its use for the community. The building has multiple maintenance and accessibility issues.

What's Happening Next

The project is in the construction phase. Please check the timeline for upcoming events. We invite you to subscribe for email updates and add your feedback or ask questions in our comment section. At Cleveland Public Library, Our Future is Building. For more information on all projects, click here

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Public Benefits

Library Services

Cleveland Public Library is The People’s University, the center of learning for a diverse and inclusive community.


Cleveland Public Library is working to ensure that all our libraries are easily accessed. Bikers, drivers, walkers, and riders will all experience a welcoming approach to their library branch.


Cleveland Public Library's Rockport Branch will be designed using sustainable practices and will apply for LEED certification.


Cleveland Public Library is working with Greater Cleveland RTA to explore opportunities to enhance existing public transportation connections to and from the site.


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