Rocky River Public Library








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1600 Hampton Road
Rocky River, Ohio 44116

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Monday - Thursday:
9am - 9pm

Friday - Saturday:
9am - 6pm

Sunday: 1pm - 5pm
(during the school year)

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Rocky River Public Library’s Local History collection includSchlather Roomes materials such as books, newspaper clippings and photographs that cover the history and development of Rocky River from the early 19th century to the present.  The materials are located in the main collection, in the reference collection, in vertical files and in digital collections that are all accessible to the public, though they do not all circulate. 



Cleveland Memory Project: Rocky River Photograph Collectionlink

In partnership with the
Cleveland Memory Project, a digital history collection at Cleveland State University, we are digitizing our photograph collection. We are also adding photographs of Rocky River from the Cleveland Press Collection at CSU.

To view images you must click on the URL next to “CLICK TO VIEW COLLECTION”.

Ohio Memory: An Online Scrapbook of Ohio History link

The Ohio Historical Society, in cooperation with Ohio libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives has created a database bringing together primary materials depicting Ohio history. Twelve photographs were contributed by the Rocky River Historical Society and Rocky River Public Library & Cowan Pottery Museum.

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Cleveland Plain Dealer Microfilm - Holdings include most issues from April 1845 to the present

Cleveland Press Microfilm - Holdings include most issues from January 1975 to June 1982

Rocky River Newspaper Clipping - All items are dated and indicate which newspaper they were taken from.

The Pennant and the Riverlet - Rocky River High School Literary Magazine and Yearbooks - Holdings include most issues from 1920/1921 to the present.

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Library Timeline link

Rocky River Public Library timeline covering historic milestones 1877 - present.

Library Fine Art Collection pdf

This is an inventory of the collection of artworks at the Rocky River Public Library. The collection includes paintings donated from the estate of Leonard B. & Sophia Schlather, pieces from the Cowan Pottery Museum and a variety of modern works purchased by the library's Women's Committee.  This inventory will be updated as needed. 

Rocky River Schools & Library Presentation

Information about both the Rocky River Public Library and Rocky River Public Schools from the days of one room school houses and literary societies to the present day. This presentation created for a Rocky River Historical Society Library program contains images from both collections.

Tour Script of Rocky River’s Historical Sites

Take an armchair tour of some of Rocky River’s historical sites, mostly in the northern and central portions of the city.  There is a special emphasis on places having to do with Rocky River Public Library and Cowan Pottery Museum. 


Lauren Hansgen, Curator, Historian
telephone  440-333-7610 ext. 3763 || Email E-mail