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Cleveland Public Library - Hough Campus

Project location

Cleveland, OH

Project phase


What's in the Works

Cleveland Public Library is transforming a series of open lots near historic League Park into a vibrant new community library branch. The proposed Hough Branch will be a library of the future while respecting the history of the Hough neighborhood.


It’s recommended that this branch be replaced with a new facility in a location on major transit lines serving the area long Hough Avenue. While it could potentially serve a much larger population than it’s defined service area its proximity to the Woodland and MLK branches make it appropriate to remain a Neighborhood Branch.

What's There Now

The site is currently vacant (South side of Lexington between 65th and 66th Streets).


The Hough Branch is poorly located to serve its community, remote from transit lines and away from active neighborhood centers. In outreach sessions it was found that many residents thought the building was closed and went to other nearby facilities even if Hough was their local branch. The layout of the building is not conducive to the library’s service model goals and has numerous maintenance issues.

What's Happening Next

The project is completed. We invite you to subscribe for email updates and add your feedback or ask questions in our comment section. We will continue to update this page if any addition information about the building project becomes available. 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.

Open Space

The proposed project will create a large green space including an outdoor classroom.

Pedestrian Streetscape

Cleveland Public Library's Hough Branch is participating in the E. 66th Street Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI) to transform E. 66th and improve the pedestrian experience.


Cleveland Public Library's Hough Branch will be designed using sustainable practices and preliminary plans include an electric car charging station.


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


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.


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