FRIENDS of the Heights Libraries is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
and contributions are tax deductible in accordance with law.


FRIENDS of the Heights Libraries are enthusiastic supporters united by a common interest in the continued well-being of our libraries. We promote interest, appreciation and use of the four branches (Coventry, Lee Road, Noble, University Heights) of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library.

FRIENDS assist in maintaining, improving and adding to resources, facilities and services.

FRIENDS are a service organization supporting the libraries' programs for children and adults by raising money from used book sales, membership dues and gifts. We welcome your book purchases and membership!  Become a FRIENDS Member

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FRIENDS of the Heights Libraries
will be accepting
Library Education Scholarship
for the
Summer Semester
of Library School

and must be received between
March 1 and April 1

Any person living in Cleveland Heights or University Heights for at least one year prior to application, or any non-resident employees of the Heights Libraries for at least one year prior to application, who wishes to further their education in the field of library science from an ALA-accredited library school is eligible to apply.

This $750 scholarship is designed to encourage careers in librarianship by providing financial assistance to pursue a graduate degree in library science.

  A committee (representatives from the FRIENDS, staff of the Heights Public Library, and a faculty member of the Kent State University School of Library & Information Science) will evaluate the applications to award the scholarships.

For more information and an application form:

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Join us at the
Cleveland International
Film Festival!

Heights Libraries and the FRIENDS are community sponsors for

For nearly 60 years, an old, dilapidated London taxi has been in Alfred’s possession. It hasn’t worked for several decades, but 84-year-old Alfred can’t seem to part with it. In the late 1950s, he and Jakobine, an artist and his wife at the time, used the car to travel around the globe. Their burning passion for each other fueled their journey from Japan to Morocco, India, Tibet, and numerous other faraway locales. But that passion dwindled when the couple settled in Syracuse, New York, and Jakobine became desperate to have a child. After Jakobine, at 42, gave birth to their son Niels, Alfred left his family and resumed life on the road. This documentary uses archival footage and Jakobine’s diaries to reveal the former lovers’ past. The poetic and touching ALFRED & JAKOBINE then follows Alfred in a grand gesture—restoring the taxi to working order and driving over 2,000 miles across the country—to take Jakobine on one final ride.
Monday, March 23, 2015 at 9:20 AM
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 6:15 PM
Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 4:20 PM
Tickets go on sale to the general public
on March 6th.
Use the code “Friends” for a $2 ticket discount!


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FRIENDS April 3, 2015
First Friday Book Sale
$4 a BAG for ALL Books EXCEPT for Special Books, Sets,
& Books in the Glass Case

VHS Tapes 50 cents a Bag
FRIENDS First Friday Book Sale at the Harvey & FRIENDS Bookshop at
the  Lee Rd. Library 2nd Floor.

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It's Spelling Bee time!
Held at Heights High
on April 15 at 7:00 PM

The Heights Libraries and the FRIENDS have assembled a team for this year's 24th annual Reaching Heights Adult Spelling Bee

Want to join the fun? 
Mark your calendar and come cheer us on! 
See you there.

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01 Apr 2015 • For Info Check FRIENDS Scholarship web page.
03 Apr 2015 9:15 AM • Lee Rd. Library 2nd Floor Bookshop
09 Apr 2015 7:00 PM • Lee Rd. Library 2nd Floor Administrative Offices
22 Apr 2015 7:00 PM • Cleveland Heights High School Auditorium
30 Apr 2015 5:00 PM • Lee Rd. Library First Floor Meeting Rooms
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On Nov. 4th,
voters overwhelmingly approved Issue 5, ensuring continued support for the Heights Libraries! 

Our Libraries will continue
to be the cornerstones
of our community: anchoring walkable neighborhoods, supporting life-long learning,
and providing excellent services to every resident.  

Thank You for your support! on Library Levy

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Sunday and Friday Hours Restored
at Heights Libraries

February 20, 2015 / Sheryl / Library News

Thanks to the passage of its operating levy in November 2014, Heights Libraries now has funding to reinstate  Sunday hours  at the Coventry Village and Noble Neighborhood branches, and Friday hours at the Coventry branch. Beginning Friday, May 15, the Coventry branch will reopen from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to reinstate the Friday hours that were cut in January 2014.  On Sunday, May 17, all branches will be open from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. to reinstate the hours that were eliminated in 2009, when Ohio’s Public Library Fund was drastically cut by the state government.

Read More At:

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Heights Libraries Earns Top Rating from Library Journal Sixth Year in a Row


For the sixth year in a row, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library system has received the highest possible rating in the Library Journal’s 2014 Index of Public Library Service. The five-star rating is given to the top U.S. libraries each year.

Heights Libraries has earned five stars in six out of the seven years that Library Journal has published the ratings, starting in 2008. Library Journal is a trade journal that reports news about the library world, emphasizing public libraries, and has a nation-wide circulation of 100,000.

Libraries are categorized by yearly expenditure and rated on four criteria: circulation, visits, program attendance, and Internet terminal use (public computers). Heights Libraries circulation came in at 31.5 per capita in our service area, meaning that roughly 31 items were circulated for every resident in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights service area. Visits per capita averaged 19.5 (up from 18.8 for 2013), program attendance averaged 1.1 (up from 0.8 in 2013), and public computer use came in at 5 per capita.

“This shows what we’ve known all along: people in our community are using the library regularly,” says Heights Libraries Director Nancy Levin. “For many customers we’ve become that ‘third place,’ the place besides work and home where they like to be. We are always busy, and I don’t see that trend reversing anytime soon.”

Levin continues, “Our community depends on us more than ever for everything from free entertainment with books and DVDs and fun programs, to more crucial things like access to the Internet, employment and business resources, free computer classes, and resources to encourage early literacy and help kids do their homework.”

Heights Libraries wasn’t the only other Cuyahoga County area library receiving Star Awards; other area libraries to win are Cleveland Public (4 stars), Shaker Heights (3), Cuyahoga County (5 stars), and Lakewood (5 stars).

The entire State of Ohio did well in general, compared to the rest of the nation: Ohio was second only to New York State in terms of the number of libraries that received star ratings, 27 vs. 36, respectively. “One reason for this superb showing in our state is continued public support for libraries from Ohio’s residents,” says Levin.

The entire report on America’s star libraries can be found at Library Journal’s website,

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The FRIENDS Board wants to
reignite the newsletter for its members.
This important job cannot be done by a single person -- we need reporters !

Any member who is interested in writing up a short report (150-200 words) on a FRIENDS event is welcome (indeed, encouraged) to do so.
No need to worry too much about
grammar and punctuation --
all items will be edited before publication. 
Many hands make light work, so the more
volunteers, the better and easier for all.

Please contact Barbara S. Walker at
especially before an event, so we can line up reporters early.

Please help us with this effort.

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Heights Libraries is the proud recipient of the 2014 Ohio Library Council Innovation Award for the Book Bike! Many thanks to our dedicated volunteers and community partners for making this program a success!

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The FRIENDS 2013-14 Summary
The FRIENDS concluded the 2013-14 year on September 30 and held our Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 12.  Highlights of the past year included two successful Mega Book Sales, monthly First Friday sales, and summer sales at each of the branches.  We raised $27,705 from our book sales and a total of $46,162, including special events, sales of merchandise, memberships and donations.  Expenses of $11,568 left us with a net income of $34,594.  The FRIENDS granted $21,460 to the Heights Libraries to support programming, a recurring donation to support the levy campaign and special projects

This year, the FRIENDS paid for a mural in the children's room at the Coventry branch which is currently being designed to resemble the Hobbit’s shire from J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel The Hobbit which developed into The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The room will be in the back, and the wing that includes the fireplace will hold the entire adult collection.

Other highlights of the year included updating our website, donating books to a variety of community organizations in need of books for their clients, and volunteering a total of 4,432 hours to support our five star libraries! 

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FRIENDS are glad to support an award winning library system.
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