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Local History

History & Genealogy Programs
Wed, Nov 20, 6:30pm - 8:45pm
Porter Room
Cuyahoga West Chapter, OGS is always a fun meeting! Social hour starts at 6:30 pm and the program begins at 7:00 pm.

Mon, Dec 16, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Dover Room
Erin O’Brien, co-author of Rust Belt Burlesque, will share tidbits from Northeast Ohio's burlesque scene past and present.

Porter Public Library building circa 1974

Do you have any pieces of memorabilia or photos dating to an earlier time in Westlake’s history? If so, WPPL would be interested in borrowing them for display. Please contact our Local History Librarian.

History of the Library

Portrait of Leonard G. PorterLeonard G. Porter's signatureIn 1884, Leonard Porter, a school teacher and a leader in the Dover Literary Society, bequeathed $1,000 and his collection of personal books to form a library for the citizens of Dover Township (now Westlake).

Every year, we celebrate that gift, and the tradition that it began.

In 2009, we celebrated 125 years of service to the Westlake community. This video, 125 Years of Sharing Stories, was part of that celebration.

Dover Township Trustees and City Council Minutes and Legislation

Denise Rosenbaum, Clerk of Council for the City of Westlake, digitized all the existing copies of the Dover Township Trustees minutes and City Council minutes and legislation and made them available online through the city’s website. The Dover Township minutes date from the years 1831-1893 and the City Council minutes and legislation date from 1910 to the present.

The minutes and legislation can be found by going to the portion of the city’s website that houses its documents.

  • Under the dropdown list under Select Search Type choose “CNL - Legislation/Minutes - Web Access.”
  • Next, scroll down until you find the box labeled Meeting Type. There you will type either “Dover Township Trustees” or "Council."
  • Finally, click Search and all the digitized minutes and/or legislation documents will be available for you to read.

These documents provide a unique view of the city’s history.

Contact Local History Librarian

Contact Chad Statler, Local History Librarian by telephone at 440-250-5486 or via email using the form below regarding the Veterans History Project or other projects related to the history of Westlake, Ohio.

Girl looking at a computer

Download & Stream

Girl looking at a computer

Download & Stream

adults in library

Adults

adults in library

Adults

Kris delivers in the library van

Outreach & Homebound

Kris delivers in the library van

Outreach & Homebound

foreign language materials from CPL

Language Resources

foreign language materials from CPL

Language Resources