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


The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is ranked as 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.


Service Profile: 2013 Statistics

  • Among the busiest and best public libraries in the country
  • Received the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s top honor for museums and libraries
  • Awarded a five star rating by Library Journal
  • Loaned 17,884,498 items
  • 1,451,569 digital books, music, movies, magazines downloaded and/or streamed
  • 496,219 people of all ages attended 23,178 free programs
  • Served 526,678 registered borrowers
  • 7,265,599 library visitors