Community Bookshelves

Cleveland Kids' Book Bank co-founders Judy Payne and Judi Kovach

Free books at neighborhood recreation and wellness centers

Our community bookshelves initiative puts free books in public spaces, so children and families have access to free books in the neighborhoods where they live, work, and go to school. We have 20 bookshelves in Neighborhood Resource and Recreation Centers (NRRC), wellness centers, and food pantries in the City of Cleveland.

We provide signage, and where needed, a free bookshelf to these locations to help them create an inviting display with our books. We provide a combination of age-appropriate gently used books and brand-new diverse Books Like Me books to fill the shelves—all free. Center staff maintain the Community Bookshelves by keeping them tidy and requesting books from us as needed.

For questions or for more information, contact

Teen readers pose with their books in front of the Zelma George NRRC Community Bookshelf

Community Bookshelf Locations

man in blue shirt standing next to a bookshelf full of books

Woodland Neighborhood and Recreation Center (NRCC) manager Elijah Johnson with the Community Bookshelf at his center

CMHA Outhwaite
2452 E. 46th St.

Collinwood NRRC
16300 Lakeshore Blvd.

Cudell Recreation Center
1910 West Blvd.

Earle B. Turner NRRC
11300 Miles Ave.

EJ Kovacic NRRC
6250 St. Clair Ave.

4125 Fulton Rd.

Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s Community Resource Center
15500 S. Waterloo Rd.

Fairfax NRRC
2335 E 82 St.

Frederick Douglass NRRC
15401 Miles Ave.

Glenville NRRC
680 E 113th St.

Gunning Park NRRC
16700 Puritas Ave.

Halloran NRRC
3550 W. 117th St.

13200 Kinsman Rd.

Lonnie Burten NRRC
2511 E. 46th St.

MetroHealth Buckeye
Community Resource Center
2816 E. 116th St.

Stella Walsh NRRC
7345 Broadway Ave.

The Pivot Center for Art, Dance,
and Expression
2937 W. 25th St.

9206 Woodland Ave.

Zelma George NRRC
3155 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.

6301 Lorain Ave.