History of the South Lorain Branch Library

  • 1907 - South Lorain Branch is the oldest branch in the Lorain Public Library System. It opened as a station - a small collection of books in a dry goods store in South Lorain.
  • 1911 - The South Lorain Branch was moved to the YMCA Building
  • 1923 - The South Lorain Branch was moved temporarily to the basement of the Lowell School
  • 1925 - Moved to the new YMCA Building
  • 1934 - Moved to its own building at 3059 Pearl Avenue
  • 1957 - Moved to 3008 Grove Avenue in a leased storefront building on the corner of Route 57 and East 30th Street
  • 1968 - An addition was built that almost doubled the available floor space to 1,368 square feet
  • 1982 - The building was enlarged and remodeled to 3,910 square feet again at the Grove Avenue site
  • 1997 - After much review, land was purchased for a permanent Library building on Homewood Drive from the Cleveland Catholic Diocese. On August 21, 1997, the board hired David Holzheimer Associate Architects of Chargrin Falls, Ohio to lead the building project. On Thursday, January 29, 1998, a purchase agreement for the land was approved by the Library board.
  • March 21, 1999 - Groundbreaking for the new South Lorain Branch Library
  • March 13, 2000 - New 13,000 square foot building opened to the public
  • May 21, 2000 - Building dedicated during a grand opening celebration
  • September 11, 2005 - The Emery K. Smith Reading Garden was dedicated. The $25,000 donation from Elisabeth Allison of Belmont, Massachusetts and Marta Kirsch of Pepper Pike, Ohio, was given in honor of their father, Emery K. Smith and his fellow Hungarian immigrants.
  • May 3, 2011 - The Lorain community has been very supportive of Library services. The citizens have passed operating levies to supplement Library support received through the state's general tax revenue. The most recent operating levy was passed in 2011. The local levy helps the Library provide the staff, materials and technology that support the Main Library and South Lorain Branch, both in Lorain and the Bookmobile.