The Cincinnati Public Library got its start in 1874 at a location on Vine Street between Sixth and Seventh Streets. In 1955, the library opened a new location on the corner of Eighth and Vine Streets. This contemporary building was designed by Woodie Garber and was recognized for its use of open space. In 1982 the library expanded to take up an entire block which encompasses Eighth Street and Vine all the way to Ninth Street and Walnut. With this new building came new features to the library such as a garden, a serpentine brick wall, Venetian glass tiles, and a plaque honoring veterans. In 1997 the North building was completed which expanded the library across Ninth Street. The main branch of the Cincinnati Public Library became one of the largest public library buildings in the United States.
This branch of the library contains a large amount of reading materials as well as audio and video. It also contains a great collection of historic documents and photos of Cincinnati which are available for research. The library also has many permanent exhibits such as sculptures like Louise Nevelson sculpture and the Amelia Valerio Weinberg Memorial Fountain (also known as the “book fountain” shown above). The library is definitely one of the great treasures of Cincinnati.
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
800 Vine Street, Downtown