Art Gallery

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

Borrow Items

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

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.

Creation Spaces

Coming Soon!

The Creation Spaces at Main Library consist of the Tech Studio and The Workshop. A variety of equipment can be found in these spaces for users to explore, design, create, and innovate.

Early Literacy Outreach

Early childhood education centers located within the Shaker Heights City School District boundaries are eligible for the library’s Early Literacy Outreach program. Our Early Literacy Specialist visits preschool and daycare classrooms regularly to provide story times for Shaker’s youngest learners.

Classrooms receiving outreach visits are also eligible to receive books on a rotating basis. Books are provided from the library’s dedicated Early Literacy Outreach Collection, funded by an LSTA grant from the State Library of Ohio .

To inquire about Early Literacy Outreach services, please contact the Youth Services Manager at 216-991-2030 x 3021

Connect with your Shaker Library

We offer a variety of newsletters with the intention of keeping you informed. Sign up to get interesting news and updates delivered right to your inbox.

If you are looking for reading suggestions, you’re in the right place! You don’t need to miss another good book (or movie)!

Sign up for any or all of our free email newsletters featuring the latest reading recommendations, reviews, and articles, in a variety of popular categories. Whether you choose fiction, mystery, biography, history, current events, health and home improvement or titles for children and teens, your monthly newsletters are tailored to your personal reading and listening tastes.

The best part? We’ll help keep you up-to-date on what’s new and you’ll always have a list of what to read next.

Finding a job can be difficult.  Thankfully there are wide variety of resources to help you in your job search.

English Language Learners

English Language Learners, a free program for those seeking to improve their English skills meets from 7-8:30 pm every Tuesday via Zoom.  Currently available to students with an intermediate or advanced knowledge of spoken English. Contact Carolyn Steiner at 216-751-4918 for more information

Golden Buckeye

Golden Buckeye cardholders and senior citizens with proof of age are exempt from fines for overdue material.


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.

HotSpot Lending

The Library now offers mobile HotSpots available for borrowing. You may borrow the device to access the internet free at home, in the car, or anywhere else!

HotSpots will provide internet access to smartphones, tablets, and other wireless enabled devices through the Sprint cellular network. Service will be dependent on the availability of the Sprint network where the HotSpot is being used.

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.

Laptop Lending

Adults with a valid library card in good standing may borrow a laptop for up to 3 hours from the Laptop Lending kiosk at Main Library. Laptops must remain on the Main Library premises.

Library Value and Savings Calculator

What is your Shaker Library worth to you?

How much would you pay for your library services?

Use this handy Library Value Calculator to see the value of your Shaker Library! Next time you use the library, just enter into each field what resources you have used and you’ll see that the library is not just enriching your life, but keeping money in your pocket. Try it out!

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

Please note that meeting rooms are currently closed due to the Coronavirus and Main Library renovations.

Information about when the meeting rooms will re-open will be shared as it becomes available.  We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

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.

Passport Services

Both Main Library and Bertram Woods Branch are official Passport Acceptance Facilities for the U.S. Department of State.

Services are by appointment only

Appointments take approximately 30-45 minutes for one passport applicant. If your appointment is for three or more applications, please book two consecutive appointments to allow for sufficient completion time. Appointments must be made at least two days in advance.

For Appointments, please call 216-991-2030, option #4

Find more information including hours, fees, and forms

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 Youth Services Manager at 216-991-2030 x3021.

Print, Copy, Scan, & Fax

Print, Copy, Scan, and Fax service is available at the Main Library and the Bertram Woods Branch.

Prints and Copies may be made for 10¢ per page for black and white or 50¢ for color.

Remote and Mobile printing are now available.

Fax and scan services are free. Scans may be sent to an email or saved to a flash drive.


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

Tax Information

Due to significant budget cuts at the federal, state, and local levels we will only receive the following forms this year:

  • Federal 1040
  • City of Cleveland CCA
The State of Ohio and RITA are NOT providing free forms to libraries.

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. Staff cannot interpret tax regulations or provide tax advice.

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.