Many local artists have exhibited and sold artwork in the art gallery on the second floor of the Main Library.
Sign up for a personalized session with a librarian. 30 or 50 minute one-on-one sessions are available to help you get what you need from your 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.
Connect with your Shaker Library
We offer a variety of of newsletters with the intention of keeping you informed. Sign up to get interesting news and updates delivered right to your inbox.
- Wondering what’s been going on at your local library? You can subscribe to our monthly Shaker Library News.
- If you’re interested in learning more about computers, get the first word on our Computer Classes and Technology Training.
- You can also register to receive the Friends of Shaker Library newsletter. Not a Friend yet? Learn more about the Friends here.
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 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 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.
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 T-Mobile cellular network. Service will be dependent on the availability of the T-Mobile network where the HotSpot is being used.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
Users logging in with a library card will receive $1.00 value of free prints daily.
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 budget cuts at the federal, state, and local levels we will only receive the following forms this year:
Federal 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ; 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.
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 forms and Vote by Mail applications are available year-round at the Main Library and the Bertram Woods Branch.