Art Gallery

Many local artists have exhibited and sold artwork in the art gallery on the second floor of  the Main Library.

Book Discussion Sets

The library maintains a collection of books in multiple copies for those who wish to use them for their book discussion groups.

Borrow Items

Everything you need to know about getting a library card and borrowing items.

Business Services / Community Entrepreneurial Office

The CEO provides office space that library cardholders can rent to meet with clients and to carry out business.

Career Transition Center

The Career Transition Center (CTC) is a place for job seekers in transition and career change. Located in the Community Entrepreneurial Office on the second floor of the Main Library, it is a nonprofit, full-service, job search center devoted to helping job seekers through one-to-one job coaching, workshops, referrals, and resources. For more information, call 216-367-3011.

Upcoming classes and events

Career Transition Center Hours:  10 am-4 pm Monday-Thursday

Computer & Internet Access

Free public computers are available at both Main Library and Bertram Woods Branch.

Wireless access is available at both Main Library and Bertram Woods Branch.

English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language, a free program for those seeking to learn to speak English, meets from 7-8:30 pm every Tuesday in a meeting room on the second floor of the Main library.  Contact Carolyn Steiner at 216-751-4918 or Brondy Shanker at 216-561-1803 for more information. See the schedule of classes.

Events and Classes

The library offers a variety of events and classes for all ages.

Golden Buckeye

Golden Buckeye cardholders and senior citizens with proof of age are exempt from fines for overdue material owned by Shaker Library. Golden Buckeye cardholders are responsible for overdue fines for material owned by other libraries.


The Library offers a Homebound Service for adults living in the Shaker Heights City School District who are unable to come to the library due to a long-term illness, have non-driver status (senior), or physical or visual challenges.

Homework Help

The library offers free homework help for grades 2-8.

Interlibrary Loan

You may request material from libraries outside of CLEVNET via interlibrary loan. We will try to obtain material from other libraries for free whenever possible. However, some libraries charge a small fee for their material. You must pay interlibrary loan fees over $15. You may be charged a small handling fee if you request interlibrary loan material but do not pick it up from the library once it has arrived.


Get live help from a librarian. Librarians can provide resources for homework or research, suggestions for good books to read, or answers to general questions.

Local History

The library’s Local History Collection is primarily concerned with the twentieth-century history of Shaker Heights and the development of the community. The Collection includes information on the history, institutions, and personalities of Shaker Heights; blueprints of many Shaker Heights homes on microfilm; and more.

Meeting Rooms

The library rents meeting room space to nonprofits and social groups at the Main Library and the Bertram Woods Branch. Quiet study rooms are available at the Main Library.

Preschool/Day Care Visits

We visit licensed preschools and daycare centers in the Shaker Heights City School District each month to present programs for young children and to deliver a deposit collection of children’s books. For information about having us visit your preschool or day care contact Wendy Simon, Early Literacy Specialist at 216-991-2030 x2384.


Faxing is available in the Computer Center at the Main Library. Fee is $1  per page for both sending and receiving all faxes.

Scanning is available for free in the Main Library Computer Center.

Photocopiers are available in both buildings. Black and white copies are $0.10 per page and color copies are $0.50 per page.

Printing from public computers is available throughout both buildings for $0.10 per page. A color printer is available in the Main Library Computer Center and at the Bertram Woods Branch. Color printing is $0.50 per page.


Proctoring services are available for anyone needing to take tests for college or professional certifications.

SCORE Business Counseling

Shaker Library and Service Corps of Retired Executives, SCORE, offer free, one-on-one Small Business Consulting.

Due to significant cuts to IRS funding in the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill,
we will only receive the following forms this year:
1040, 1040A and 1040EZ (print instructions will NOT be provided)

We are unable to distribute any free forms or instructions beyond what the taxing authorities provide.
We offer these resources to help you during this taxing time.

Teen Center

The Teen Center, located on the second floor of the Main Library, is a homework and activity center for teens in grades 7-12.

Voter Registration

Voter registration forms and Vote by Mail applications are available year-round at the Main Library and the Bertram Woods Branch.

Wireless Access 

Free wireless access is available throughout both of our buildings.