Little Library on the Lake

Lorain Public Library System, Lorain County Metro Parks and the City of Lorain have collaborated on a new addition to Lakeview Park called ‘Little Library on the Lake.’

Though called a library, it does not offer the traditional collection of books, magazines and DVDs. Instead, this library houses all kinds of games, educational activities and sporting equipment for all ages, provided with support from Lorain County Public Health and the State Library of Ohio. “We want to offer things that people can use right there at the park that encourage fun, fitness and learning,” said Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz, CEO of Lorain Public Library System.

All items are available to check out, for free, using your LPLS library card. All items are available for a one-day check out, to be returned prior to closing that afternoon, with the exception of the stargazing kits and birdwatching kits, which can be checked out for a seven day period. None of the items are able to be held or renewed.

The structure itself is a 20-foot cargo container that was refurbished by The Rustbelt Welding Company out of Cleveland to now have a sliding entry door, wood floor, wall paneling and skylights made from boat hatches. The exterior wrap was designed by LPLS Graphic Artist Rob Musser and adhered by Pro Auto Wraps out of Wadsworth. In addition, the Little Library on the Lake provides free WiFi access to a range of about 100 to 150 yards depending on the device type. The WiFi will be available 24/7 all year long.

“This is a great addition to the Lakeview Park experience, says Jim Ziemnik, Director of Lorain County Metro Parks. “These items will allow people to get outside and have some fun while still social distancing and staying safe.”

Little Library on the Lake is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through August 30, 2020 and will reopen again when the beach opens in spring.

Little Library on the Lake Cargo Container

Cargo Container Left Side

Cargo Container Right Side

Cargo Container with Doors On

Little Library Inside

Cargo Container with Doors Open

Cargo Container with Doors Open looking in

Cargo Container looking out through doors

Little Library Painted Outside

Little Library Painted with Doors Closed

Front of the Little Library on the Lake

Back of the Little Library on the Lake