CLEVNET Membership Yields Cost Savings and Collaboration
CLEVNET is the resource-sharing network of
the Cleveland Public Library, a consortium of 44
member libraries in 12 counties across northern
Ohio. It began in 1979 when Cleveland Public
Library developed an automated system to
deliver information simultaneously to a large
number of computer terminals.
The first task included bringing the old card catalog online. By the end of 1980, the
circulation system was fully online and the CLEVNET consortium was launched in 1982.
Shaker Library was one of the first libraries to join in 1983.
Today, CLEVNET is one of the largest library resource-sharing networks in
the world. The Library’s membership in CLEVNET combines the cost savings and
collaboration of regionalism with the accountability of local control. A recent Return
on Investment study reported a collective cost savings of more than $30 million from
libraries sharing cataloging services (including emedia and databases), administration,
computer equipment, and professional support.
As a CLEVNET member, the Library receives technology services and support,
including computer networking, telephone, routers, and switches. The Library also
realizes savings through centralized software purchasing, computer time, print
management services, and security software. These cost savings translate into an average
$6 return on $1 investment.
With 12 million items and approximately 1 million customers in Northeast Ohio,
a CLEVNET library card offers cardholders access to the diverse collections of every
participating library at affordable, shared costs. CLEVNET cardholders can:
• Borrow and return material, place holds, and have items delivered from any
participating CLEVNET library.
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• Check their library account, place holds,
and renew material online through online
catalogs and the CLEVNET app.
• Access the CLEVNET Research
Databases to explore and research
such topics as genealogy, consumer
information, home improvement, medical
information, or car repair.
• Connect to CLEVNET’s vast emedia
services to enjoy ebooks, audiobooks,
music, videos, and comics from their
computer, tablet, or smartphones.
Book A Librarian
Want to learn how to make use of all
the features of the Library’s catalog and
some of its databases, download books,
magazines, and videos to your electronic
device or laptop, or get started on
genealogical research? A librarian can help.
Book-A-Librarian is a 30-to 50-minute,
uninterrupted, individualized session
with a librarian by appointment. Get help
finding business information to research
a particular company, or get help finding
research material for a school project.
Residents can even meet with a librarian
to get a personalized reading list tailored
@ Shaker Library