Master Planning: Assessing for the Future

As you’ve read throughout this community report, 2011 was a year of planning and preparation for Cleveland Public Library. In order to ensure that we are in a good position to continue meeting the needs of the community and that we have the resources to meet those needs, the Library undertook a number of assessments in 2011 to evaluate its facilities, its spending and its sustainability.

Facilities assessment — With the help of local architects, the Library conducted a structural assessment of 25 of its buildings to determine maintenance needs and to start developing a Master Plan to serve evolving patron needs. As we move forward, we are committed to ensuring that our buildings are being used effectively and that they are offering the materials and services needed most by local residents.

Fiscal review and demographic analysis — Cleveland State University’s Center for Public Management, together with the Northern Ohio Data and Information Service (NODIS) of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, conducted a comprehensive fiscal review and demographic analysis of the Library system. The fiscal review compared Cleveland Public Library to its peer libraries in Ohio and across the nation in the areas of revenues, expenditures, debt and funding, capital outlay, and facility needs and resources over a five-year period. | MORE »