Rice Branch Library

Cleveland Public Library

The Rice Branch of the Cleveland Public Library system is a small building asked to provide a significant presence on a large and important corner site. The CPL wished its design to invite public use, to communicate the value of literacy, and to express a welcoming availability of the library as a community resource. The design process included many private, public, city, and neighborhood constituent groups represented on the CPL’s project steering committee. The Library is a single story building organized along a central spine of circulation defined by an open colonnade and accented with daylight delivered by an overhead roof monitor. Surrounding it is a spacious hall containing most of the library’s user programs in a flexible and open plan. With people of all ages reading, gathering information, conversing with friends, and doing homework, this focal space creates an atmosphere of engagement, animation, and community. This great room is enclosed with expansive floor to ceiling windows that fill the Library with daylight, display the neighborhood to the Library’s users, and conversely, display the activity within the Library to the surrounding neighborhood.

Location: Cleveland, OH  |  Map

Size: 14,000 SF

Construction Type: New Construction

  • Cleveland Public LIbrary, Rice Branch
  • Cleveland Public LIbrary, Rice Branch
  • Cleveland Public LIbrary, Rice Branch
  • Cleveland Public LIbrary, Rice Branch
  • Cleveland Public LIbrary, Rice Branch
  • Cleveland Public LIbrary, Rice Branch
  • Cleveland Public LIbrary, Rice Branch
  • Cleveland Public LIbrary, Rice Branch
  • Cleveland Public LIbrary, Rice Branch
  • Cleveland Public LIbrary, Rice Branch
  • Cleveland Public LIbrary, Rice Branch
  • Cleveland Public LIbrary, Rice Branch
  • Cleveland Public LIbrary, Rice Branch
  • Cleveland Public LIbrary, Rice Branch
  • Cleveland Public LIbrary, Rice Branch
  • Cleveland Public LIbrary, Rice Branch

Rice Branch Library

11535 Shaker Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44104

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