Connect to Local History

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Wednesdays 11 am – 3 pm
Thursdays 11 am – 3 pm
Alternating Fridays 1:30 – 5:30 pm
or Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm

The Local History Collection is usually open during these regular hours. However, we recommend that you email or call the Local History Librarian first to make an appointment, as the regular hours can change.

Local History Collection in the Moreland Room

The Local History Collection is located in the Moreland Room on the first floor of the Shaker Main Library, 16500 Van Aken Boulevard, Shaker Heights, OH 44120.

The Local History Collection is available for drop-in research when the Local History Librarian is on duty. For help with research on Shaker Heights, please email or call the Local History Librarian to make an appointment or discuss your project.

In order to preserve access to many irreplaceable items:

  • Local History materials are made available to customers by the Local History Librarian, who supervises the materials’ use. The Local History Collection is not a self-serve browsing collection.
  • Local History materials, including books, must be used in the library and cannot be checked out or removed from the building.
  • Researchers should wear gloves (provided) when handling fragile materials or unprotected photographs.
  • While a researcher uses Local History materials, the researcher’s ID will be held with a list of materials in use.
  • A reference librarian can make the following materials available to researchers when the Local History Librarian is not available:
    • School yearbooks
    • Local History books
    • Materials that have been set aside by the Local History Librarian for that researcher’s use.



Upcoming Local History Events and Programs:


African-American Genealogy Society Meetings

Monthly meetings, 4th Saturday of the month, 9am-1pm. All are welcome.
Local History media Public presentations on a variety of genealogy topics begin at 10:15am. No meetings in August or December.

See our library calendar of events for full descriptions of each program.


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Stay tuned for our annual Architectural Walking Tour, regular programs presented by the Cleveland Restoration Society, and more!