Opening in 1869, the Cleveland Public Library was the first public library to allow people direct access to books, establishing the “open shelf system.” This inspired libraries worldwide.
This remarkable fact, and many other significant accomplishments are highlighted in the timeline exhibit area located as visitors enter the Louis Stokes Wing – one of two main library buildings occupying one square block in downtown Cleveland.
Cleveland Public Library was awarded a 5-star rating in the 2016 Library Journal index of public libraries. We are proud to help bring the Cleveland Public Library’s story to all who visit.
American Graphic Design Award for Wayfinding & Signage Design