- The library was designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, an internationally recognized leader in public library design.
- Lakewood Public Library’s choice of Robert A.M. Stern—a modern traditionalist acclaimed for his ability to adapt historical styles to a contemporary context and integrating buildings in their settings—speaks forcefully and intelligently to the unique qualities of Lakewood. Mr. Stern has provided Lakewood Public Library and the citizens of Lakewood with a well-designed library that meets the functional needs of the Library’s program, while complimenting our downtown and reinforcing the character and vitality of our city. The new facility has nearly doubled the size of the Main Library from 55,000 to 93,000 square feet with greatly expanded children’s services and computer access, not to mention more books, movies, music, newspapers and magazines.
- The expansion and renovation of the library was a two phase project. Phase one — the expansion began in May 2006 and finished in June 2007. Phase two — the renovation of Main Library began in June 2007 and finished in May 2008.
- The Lakewood Public Library Board of Trustees held the official opening of the expanded and renovated Main Library on June 1, 2008.
- David Deming sculpture of Lakewood’s wildlife, one side is the artist’s expression of “lake” and the other side is “wood.” Deming is a graduate of Lakewood High School, President and CEO of the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) and an internationally recognized artist. He has exhibited in numerous shows, including an American Sculpture Exhibition at the White House.
- Service Desk & Computer Connections Room
- Fiction and Non-fiction - Our extensive collection of materials for children through 8th grade.
- The Librainium - A pre-literacy learning tool for reading readiness expressed as art, designed by the Burgeon Group, a Phoenix design firm dedicated to interactive learning devices for public libraries.
- Toddler’s Story Time Room - the Reed Thomason Mural from the old Children's Room has been re-installed in the new Toddlers' Room in the Children's section. Crafted in 1977-78 by artist Reed Thomason, the oil on canvas panels depict characters from children's and other classic literature.
- Children’s Activity Room
- Multipurpose Room
Take elevators or the stairs to second floor.
- Reference Room & Service Desk - All of our reference books, including our legal reference, business reference and local history. Photocopiers and coin changer are available.
- Audio-Visual Room - Houses our adult DVD, VHS, CD, and Audiobook collections. Our Graphic Novel collection is also located here. The AV room overlooks the Children’s Activity Room below.
- Trustees’ Room - The Board of Trustees’ room is in the rear of the Audio-Visual Room.
- Grand Reading Room
- Classics collection
- Murals by Richard Haas. Richard Haas has created interior murals for New York Public Library and Nashville Public Library, but is also known for his exterior architectural murals, which create magnificent and expansive illusions on entire buildings. Richard Haas toured Lakewood to experience the city’s character and to research its history in preparation for the two original interior murals. A bequest from Doris Burkley, who taught at Madison School for many years, and support from the Lakewood Public Library Foundation, funded the commissioning of the two murals.
- Main Lab - Internet access and office productivity software are available on 60 PCs for public use. Equipped with DVD-ROM drives, USB ports and headphone jacks. B&W laser printers, USB floppy drives, and a digital card reader/writer are also available. Jaws screen reader is available for patrons with special needs.
- Learning Lab - Facility for computer classes and group sessions with 18 PCs.
- Microfilm – The Library’s microfilm collection and two reader/printers.
The elevators go to the basement level when programs are being held.
Stairs inside the parking lot (south) entrance are also open to the lower level during programming.
- Friends of Lakewood Public Library Book Sales area.
- Auditorium - Programs are listed in our semi-annual mailer to Lakewood households and online on our Events Calender (http://www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/calendar/ ). Among our program offerings are films, musical performances, lectures, book talks and book clubs.
- Meeting Rooms - When no library sponsored events and programs are scheduled, meeting rooms may be used with permission by outside groups.
Public restrooms and drinking fountains are available on the first and second floor and in the basement during programs.
- Parking Lot - On the south side.
- Bike Racks - Front, rear and Arthur Avenue (west) side.
- Drive Up Window - South (parking lot) side. Open during regular Library hours.
- 24-Hour Book Drop - South (parking lot) side.