Cuyahoga County Public Library cards can be used at all CCPL branches; CCPL’s MetroHealth Service Point; at all Cleveland Public Library branches; and at all CLEVNET member libraries*. They may also be used to borrow from libraries participating in SearchOhio and OhioLINK.
Cuyahoga County Public Library card applications are available at all 27 CCPL branches and our MetroHealth Service Point. Individuals ages 18 and older may also apply for a card online if they choose. Online application form
Before you can borrow items from the Library you must provide a valid form of identification. Please contact your local branch for information on acceptable forms of ID.
Questions? Please contact your local branch.
Educator Card Requirements & Restrictions
Educator Cards may only be used at Cuyahoga County Public Library’s 27 locations. They are not useable at other library systems.
A.4 Institution Cards
Institutions may apply for a special Cuyahoga County Public Library Educator Card at any one of our 27 branches.
Institution Card Benefits
*PLEASE NOTE: There are NO EXEMPTIONS for fines/fees on items borrowed from other libraries (see B.6).
B.6 Borrowing from Other Libraries
Cuyahoga County Public Library shares resources with other libraries, which allows our customers to access millions of additional items from the collections of public libraries and college and university libraries across Ohio. Here’s how it works:
SearchOhio is a library consortium that allows our customers to borrow from a collection of millions of additional books, CDs, videos, DVDs from other public libraries across the state. You can use SearchOhio to request items and have them delivered to the Cuyahoga County Public Library branch of your choice. When you request items through SearchOhio they are typically ready for pick-up within about 3-5 business days.
To use SearchOhio simply click the SearchOhio icon located on result page of our online catalog.
In your account record, view your SearchOhio requests just as you would view your other catalog requests.
We ask that you please do not remove any of the stickers, paper slips, paper bands, etc. included with SearchOhio materials.
This information must be returned with the item to ensure proper and timely processing.
For books, audiobooks, and music borrowed through SearchOhio, there is a 21-day loan period. The DVD loan period is 7 days. All items may be eligible for up to 3 renewals (if there are no other requests or holds on the items you want to renew). The late fee for all items is 50¢ a day with a maximum overdue fine of $25. An additional replacement fee of $25 will be billed for any item not returned within 30 days of the due date.
Items borrowed through SearchOhio can be returned to any of our branches.
Libraries that participate in SearchOhio include:
Cuyahoga County Public Library
Akron-Summit County Public Library
Cuyahoga Falls Library
Delaware County District Library
Greene County Public Library
Kent Free Library
Louisville Public Library
Mansfield/ Richland County Public Library
Massillon Public Library
Mentor Public Library
Portage County District Library
Reed Memorial Library
Rodman Public Library
Stark County District Library
Toledo- Lucas County Public Library
Wadsworth Public Library
Warren- Trumbull County Public Library
Westerville Public Library
Westlake Porter Public Library
Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County
Through OhioLINK we provide our customers with access to millions of additional items from the collections of participating college and university libraries across Ohio.
For books borrowed through OhioLINK, there is a 21-day loan period with up to 4 renewals (renewals can be made within 7 days of the due date), the late fee is 50¢ a day. DVDs and CDs borrowed through OhioLINK have a 7-day loan period with no renewals and the late fee is 50¢ a day.
To use OhioLINK, click on the OhioLINK icon located on result page of our online catalog.
Anyone with a valid library card from any OhioLINK institution may request that materials be sent to any other OhioLINK institution for pick-up. Books borrowed through OhioLINK may be returned to any other OhioLINK institution.
Anyone with a valid library card from any OhioLINK institution may borrow materials from any other OhioLINK institution using the visiting patron feature.
You can view your OhioLINK requests in your account record, just as you view your other Catalog requests. OhioLINK requests generally take 3-5 business days to fill.
Please do not remove any of the stickers, paper slips, paper bands, etc. included with the material when you pick it up. This information must be returned with the item to insure proper and timely processing.
Items that are on order cannot be requested and items that have others waiting to borrow them cannot be renewed.
Returning an item that had been billed and/or is more than 30 days overdue will incur a $50 fine.
For more information, please visit OhioLINK catalog FAQs.
Library items labeled “Sizzler” are part of our browsing collection of the hottest, most popular books, magazines, CDs and DVDs. Sizzlers cannot be renewed or requested online. They are only available for borrowing from one of our branches on a first-come, first-served basis.
Why do we have Sizzlers you ask?
That’s simple. To help ensure that customers who visit our branches have a better chance of finding the latest materials.
The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.
Adopted June 18, 1948; amended February 2, 1961; June 27, 1967 & January 23, 1980, by the American Library Association Council.
Mutual respect makes it possible for everyone to enjoy library materials and services. We appreciate your cooperation in contributing to a welcoming environment for all. This Code of Conduct is for the comfort, safety and protection of all Library customers and staff.
We do not permit conduct that disturbs others or interferes with any person’s comfort or safety, such as:
Customers shall maintain a generally acceptable standard of personal hygiene.
Health or hygiene conditions that constitute a nuisance to other library customers or staff, such as strong or offensive body odor, are considered unacceptable. Customers must wear a shirt and shoes at all times. We also must insist that customers do not take Library materials into the restroom.
Please recognize that the Library is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
We recommend that customers do not leave personal belongings unattended.
Library staff cannot act in place of parents or caregivers.
Young children and vulnerable customers are not to be left unattended in Library facilities, even when caregivers are in other areas of the building. Customers of all ages are permitted to use library computers to access the Internet, and any restrictions of a child's access to the Internet are the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian (see Internet Policy).
Enjoy snacks responsibly.
Light snacks and covered beverages, such as those offered in library vending machines, are permitted in our branches. Please remember to discard or recycle cans, bottles and wrappers before you leave and tidy your area so the next customer to visit will find a clean space.
We want everyone to enjoy their time at the Library. We reserve the right to restrict the use of Library facilities, premises and privileges to those who do not abide by the Code of Conduct. Failure to comply with a reasonable staff request may result in removal from Library premises, a ban from Library facilities, the suspension of Library privileges, and/or arrest and prosecution.
If you have any questions about scheduling and meeting room use, please contact your local branch.
At Cuyahoga County Public Library we believe everyone deserves a healthy environment. We seek to protect nonsmokers from dangerous secondhand smoke, support people who are actively trying to quit tobacco and keep youth away from tobacco products.
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