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The Cleveland Heights Library Board was formed in 1916. However, the opening of the first library was delayed until 1920 because of the entry of the United States into World War I. The basement of Coventry School housed the first library, and, in its earliest years, more libraries were opened and operated in the Cleveland Heights school buildings.  The system’s first branch apart from school buildings or on school grounds was opened at 1916 Lee Road, moving administrative operations out of the Coventry school basement in 1924. In 1932, the Lee Road branch moved to where it stands today at the corner of Lee and Dellwood Roads. The Jacobean style Coventry Village Library was the first permanent building owned by the library, which opened on November 5, 1926.  The Noble Neighborhood Library was opened on January 23, 1923 in a small portable building located on the property of Noble Elementary School, and in 1937 moved to its permanent Georgian Revival style building across the street. A movement began in the 1940s for a library to be opened in University Heights, operated by the Cleveland Heights Library Board, and so the University Heights branch was opened in February 1952. After the Cleveland Heights Board of Education changed its official title to the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools in 1965, the public library followed suit. In celebration of the library’s centennial in 2016, and a desire to preserve our history digitally and share it widely in conjunction with Ohio Memory, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Digital Archive features photographs, newspaper clippings, letters, and other memorabilia from the library’s archives.

 
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