Cleveland in Bradley County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Cleveland Bradley County Public Library Facilities
An Incredibly Unique Library
While the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library's main facility incorporates two of the historic homes, the Hardwick-Jarnagin House and the Craigmiles House-Carmichael Annex, it is actually a culmination of three newer additions.
The First Addition
The first addition of nearly 10,000 sq. ft., completed in 1987, connected to the Hardwick-Jarnagin House and allowed for the move from the original Library at 833 Ocoee Street NE (across the street). This more than doubled the space of the original Library.
The Second Addition
The second expansion was added in 2002 to the south side of the 1987 building. This 5,000 sq. ft. two-story addition provided a new Children's Room as well as the Library's first planned Computer Center. It also gave space for the expansion of the collection.
The Third and Final Addition
The combined structures provide a total of 47,000 sq. ft. for the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library. Over the years, the house portions and new construction spaces have been combined to make a homogeneous facility that allows for: the preservation of history; the exploration of new and emerging technologies; the encouragement of continuing education and life-long learning; fun programming for all ages; and a communal place for sharing ideas, innovation, and re-creation. The overall result has been to create one of the most unique library facilities in the country.
The list of Library Directors from 1923 to the present, along with this transcript, is available at the History Branch and Archives, the Main Library Reference Desk, as well as on the Library's webpage at www.clevelandlibrary.org/explore-the-library.
[Top, left to right]
• Creative Cottage Laser Printer
• Creative Cottage Hoyle Sound Recording Lab
• Church Street Entrance - Main Building
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• Ocoee Street View – Main Building
• View of the Teen Zone Library
• View of the Youth Library
All images from CBCPL files
Erected 2021 by Cleveland Bradley County Public Library.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Arts, Letters, Music • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1987.
Location. 35° 9.816′ N, 84° 52.384′ W. Marker is in Cleveland, Tennessee, in Bradley County. Marker is at the intersection of North Ocoee Street (Tennessee Route 74) and 8th Street NE, on the right when traveling north on North Ocoee Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 795 Church St, Cleveland TN 37311, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hardwick-Jarnagin House (a few steps from this marker); Masonic Female Institute (within shouting distance of this marker); Craigmiles House—Carmichael Annex (within shouting distance of this marker); The Boys Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Memorial Craigmiles House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Darlia McLuhan Conn Forum and Tower (about 600 feet away); St. Luke's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cleveland.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2022. It was originally submitted on October 20, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 138 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 20, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. 3. submitted on November 10, 2022, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia.