The Cleveland Public Library will be open to all people at all times, including children and pregnant women, starting on Monday.
The new policy follows a string of public outcry over its lack of diversity.
But while the city is now making this change, some local residents have said it’s not fair for them to keep their libraries open to everyone.
“This change is important for everyone, especially because this is the first time the city has officially admitted to having open access,” said Councilwoman Janice Smith, who is running for re-election in November.
Smith’s campaign said that by giving people more choices, it can help create a better city for everyone.
But some local businesses have already been impacted by the change.
Cleveland Public Schools (CPS) is opening two new schools this year to accommodate the change, and the city will open another new school in the next few weeks to accommodate both.
“Our focus right now is on making sure that our students and our teachers can get on with learning as best we can and making sure the facilities are ready,” said CPS President John Glynn.
The City of Cleveland has yet to set an exact date for when the new schools will open, but officials said they will open them sometime in the first half of 2019.