University Heights library to explore renovation options

Built in 1962, the University Heights Library is the second most heavily used branch in the Heights Libraries system, after the Lee Road Library.

Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director, thinks it's time to consider upgrading the UH Library, and she wants to hear from the community about what that upgrade should include.

“The University Heights branch is bursting at its seams,” said Levin. “The Lee Road branch was renovated in 2005–06, and the Noble branch in 2011. Now it’s time for the University Heights branch.”

“We’ll be looking to members of our community to share their ideas for the renovation of the branch,” said Levin, ”and we’ll be holding five community visioning sessions throughout University Heights in January and February. This is a chance for our customers to let us know what they would like to see at the University Heights branch.”

There will be online and paper surveys for those who cannot make it to one of the community input sessions.

The UH Library community visioning sessions are planned for the dates listed below. All are open to the public, and no registration is required.

  • Thursday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m., at the University Heights Library. Families are welcome; there will be activities for kids in grades K–5.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m., at Gearity Elementary School
  • Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2 p.m., at Whole Foods Market at Cedar Center
  • Tuesday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m., at Dolan Auditorium at John Carroll University
  • Thursday, Feb. 13, 2 p.m., during the Senior Citizen Happenings talk at University Heights Library

As of yet, there is no time frame for renovations, and Heights Libraries is just starting the process of exploring possibilities and inviting feedback from the community.

Goals for a potential remodel include better access for library visitors of all ages, more efficient and sustainable energy updates, and a comfortable environment with enduring aesthetics.

Last year, the UH Library had around 184,500 visitors and circulated an estimated 187,000 items. Beginning Jan. 5, the library will expand its hours to open on Sundays, 1–5 p.m.

It hosts an international movie festival and babysitting clinics, and offers expanded programs off site at Whole Foods on Cedar Road, John Carroll University, Purvis Park and Cleveland Heights-University Heights schools.


Julia Murphy

Julia Murphy is the marketing assistant for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library.

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