Who We Are

In 1921, the State Legislature of Ohio passed a law which enabled the establishment of a county district library for any area not served by a free public library, subject to a vote of the people. As residents began moving into outlying areas of Cuyahoga County and the need for library services to these residents became more evident, a referendum was placed on the November 7, 1922, general election ballot authorizing a county library district. The issue passed by more than two to one, making Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) the first county library in Ohio to be organized under the new law.

CCPL is a separate political subdivision governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees authorized by the State of Ohio to establish policies and an annual budget. Board members represent the citizens’ interests while promoting the highest level of library service to the community, in accordance with state law. Trustees are appointed for seven-year terms by Cuyahoga County government and the Court of Common Pleas, and they serve without remuneration. The CCPL Board of Trustees has no taxing authority and must have Cuyahoga County government place ballot issues before voters in the 47 communities served by CCPL.

Board of Trustees

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William J. Leonard

President

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Dean E. DePiero

Vice President

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Allyn A. Davies

Secretary

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Edward H. Blakemore

Trustee

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Patricia A. Shlonsky

Trustee

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Maria L. Spangler

Trustee

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Robert W. Varley

Trustee

Leadership Team

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Tracy Strobel

Executive Director

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Pamela Jankowski

Deputy Director - Public Services

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Scott Morgan

Deputy Director - Support Services

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Monique Good

Human Resources Director

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Hallie Rich

Communications & External Relations Director

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Daniel Barden

Technical Services Director

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Enda Bracken

Branch Services Director - East

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James Haprian

Information Technology Director

Jeff Mori

Facilities Director

Rebecca Ranallo

Literacy & Learning Division Director

Caroline Vicchiarelli

Branch Services Director - West

America's Top-Rated Library System

For the 11th consecutive year (2010-2020), Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) has received the highest overall score among its peers in Library Journal’s Index of Public Library Service (Index). CCPL has also received the Index’s prestigious five-star rating for 12 consecutive years (2009-2020).

Published annually, the Index compares U.S. libraries with their peers based on per capita output measures. Ratings of five, four and three stars are awarded to libraries that generate the highest combined per capita outputs among their spending peers.

Within its peer group – which includes America’s largest library systems – CCPL earned the Index’s highest overall rating, scoring 2,006 total points, 180 points more than the next closest library system. The 2020 Index was derived from data released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for FY18. A total of 5,608 U.S. public libraries were scored in groupings based on total operating expenditures.

2020 - By the Numbers

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