Domonkas Branch History
The city of Sheffield Lake has been served by the Lorain Public Library since 1940. The community was served by a bookmobile for the first 22 of those years.
In 1964, the present branch building was built with $100,000 donated by the late Stephen Domonkas who was a Sheffield Lake resident. The library building, built on land provided by the city of Sheffield Lake, was equipped with a meeting room that could seat 50 people. When the 4,727 square foot building opened, book holdings totaled slightly more than 6,100 titles.
In 1985, a trust fund was established by the estate of Ruth and Stephen Domonkas for improvements and expansion of the Domonkas Branch building.
In 1998, the parking lot was expanded to provide 41 parking spaces.
By March 1989, construction began on the 3,700 square foot addition, which allowed for computerization of library services, expanded reference and audio-visual areas and provided space for expansion of the collection. The addition was opened for service in November 1989.
The Sheffield Lake community has been very supportive of library services by passing operating levies. The most recent operating levy was passed on May 3, 2016. This levy money supplements library support received through the state’s general tax revenue. The local operating levy helps the library to provide the staff, materials, and technology that support the Domonkas Branch.
The Domonkas Gift
Stephen Domonkas, owner of car dealerships in the Cleveland area and in Sandusky, and his wife, the former Ruth McVeigh, had a love for the city of Sheffield Lake and its lakeshore. The Domonkas Branch Library building is a living tribute to their love for the community.
Mr. and Mrs. Domonkas made their home on the lakeshore of Sheffield Lake in 1929 when they built Casa del Mar. Mrs. Domonkas once said, "We don’t have a family. We found Sheffield Lake, watched it grow and wanted to do something good for it."
When asked about his donation for the construction of the library, Mr. Domonkas replied, “I have always been interested in education. A library is the best medium for educating youngsters and adults - you’re never too old to learn. Actually the motive in back of this whole thing is that I am glad to do this for the group of people I live with.”