Who We Are · The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County


The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is one of the premier public library systems in the United States. For more than 150 years, it has been an essential public resource contributing to millions of personal success stories and to the success of our community. Our legacy of innovative programs, embracing technology and reaching beyond our walls to serve our community has been a glowing example of excellence, admired by other communities across the nation. With demand for the Library’s services higher than any time in 150 years, it’s clear that our Library is more valuable and relevant to the children, teens, and families of Greater Cincinnati than ever before.


2017 Service Profile

  • 19,838,362 items loaned
  • 3,457,482 digital books, music, movies, magazines downloaded
  • Served 494,936 registered borrowers
  • 455,244 people attended 26,862 programs