Sports Research Center

Last April, Cleveland Public Library opened the area's first Sports Research Center on the fifth floor of the Louis Stokes Wing to showcase the best of Cleveland sports history all in one convenient location. The Center houses more than 25,000 books, magazines and primary research materials, including archival photos, scrapbooks, autographs, clippings, oral history recordings, correspondence and more. Also featured are various exclusive memorabilia designed to honor Cleveland Indians great Bob Feller. The Center is free and open to the public year-round.

The first of a series of exhibits hosted at the Sports Center, "Pride & Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience," opened in late April. This traveling exhibition organized by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office recognizes the contributions of black baseball players who formed the Negro Leagues.