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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Accepting FRIENDS Library
Scholarship Applications
Through December 1, 2014

for the Spring Semester of 2015.
For further information click HERE.

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Members of the FRIENDS will gather on Saturday, December 6,
2014, at the Dobama Theatre for the regional premiere of
"A Civil War Christmas: An
American Musical Celebration"
Order your tickets by
November 26 to get your
$5 FRIENDS Discount

There is an 8:00 pm curtain with a pre-show talk at 7:15 pm in the theatre and a post-show discussion with the cast and crew. The FRIENDS would also like to invite you to a small pre-show reception in the Lee Road Library Art Gallery for light refreshments at 6:45 pm. 

Order your tickets by Nov. 26
and mention the FRIENDS
to receive a $5 discount
on each ticket
for this high-demand show. 
Call the Dobama box office at
(216) 932-3396 

We hope to see you there!


 “Is it possible to find a just and lasting
peace with malice toward none and
charity for all?”

Christmas Eve. Washington, D.C. 1864. It’s the coldest December in memory and the country is in the last throes of war. In and around the nation’s capital an escaped slave searches for her daughter, the first lady searches for a Christmas tree, a Union officer’s character is challenged by a young confederate, conspirators plan an assassination, and the President prepares his inaugural address while riding on horseback to retrieve a Christmas gift for his wife.

This musical, by Pulitzer Prize winner
Paula Vogel, is a broad tapestry that weaves together many characters, story lines, and pieces of music including spirituals, carols, and a setting of the Kaddish.

reveals the universal and unifying themes of hope, joy, and the beauty of the human spirit

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26 Nov 2014 10:00 AM • Dobama Theatre Across the Street from Lee Rd. Library
01 Dec 2014 • For Info Check FRIENDS Scholarship web page.
05 Dec 2014 9:15 AM • Lee Rd. Library 2nd Floor Bookshop
06 Dec 2014 6:45 PM • Dobama Theatre Across the Street from Lee Rd. Library
11 Dec 2014 7:00 PM • Lee Rd. Library 2nd Floor Administrative Offices
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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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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.
Visit for mind opening programming and fun!

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