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    Main Library
    Main Building
    2nd Floor
    325 Superior Avenue
    Cleveland, OH 44114

    Manager: Amy Dawson

    Literature Department Map


    About the Department
    With well over 500,000 volumes, the Literature Department's collection presents a wide spectrum of the world's classic and contemporary fiction, poetry, and plays. The collection features both popular and scholarly works in a variety of subjects including cinema, radio and television, drama and theatre, writing and journalism, humor and public speaking. The department's holdings include a significant collection of research materials pertaining to local theater as well as Cleveland area authors in all genres. The department also houses a growing collection of graphic novels and comics-related materials.

    The Collection

    • World Literature and Criticism: Literary history, biography, criticism, essays, and literary anthologies. Significant emphasis on African-American authors. Editions, translations, and analysis of the works of ancient Greek and Latin.
    • Fiction: All genres and time periods, classic works for students and reading groups, and large print titles.
    • Poetry: Works of individual poets, anthologies, and books on writing and understanding poetry.
    • Drama and Theater: Books on acting, directing, producing, puppetry, stage makeup, theatrical history, and theory and criticism. Files on local theater history, a significant collection of local theater playbills, and the Musicarnival Archives—primary source material from one of the first tent theaters in the United States
    • Film: Film, filmmaking, film criticism and the motion picture industry.
    • Television and Radio: Individual television shows and old-time radio programs.
    • Writing and Publishing: Directories of publishers; how-to books on writing and editing, and much more for aspiring writers.
    • Comics and Graphic Novels: Graphic novels, manga, and anthologies of comics and books about the medium. An extensive selection with more than 7,000 volumes that spans many genres and time periods.
    • Grammar and Usage: Dictionaries, composition, vocabulary, etymology, and dialect study. Instructional texts for the languages of Western classical civilizations and constructed languages like Klingon and Esperanto.
    • Library and Information Science: Theory and practice of library and information science. Includes materials on the issue of censorship.
    • Journalism and Broadcasting: Biographies of journalists and publishers and the craft of journalism.
    • Public Speaking: Instruction and collections of speeches by famous orators.
    • Humor and Trivia: Joke books and collections of humorous essays, anecdotes for use in public speaking.
    • Printing, Typography and Desktop Publishing: The history of printing, typography, and calligraphy. Tutorials for software programs for desktop publishing and word processing.

    The staff of the Literature Department will answer questions in any of these subject areas including usage and grammar, quotation verification, and celebrity information, as well as offering suggestions for further reading in genres such as Mystery, Romance, Urban Fiction, Science Fiction, and Westerns. The department also provides lists of New Large Print materials by mail. Feel free to contact the Department in-person, by phone at 216-623-2881, through e-mail at