The Library has launched an $11.7 million facilities initiative to construct two new branch libraries, renovate a third branch to make it handicapped accessible, and renovate a historic building into a branch. This is the most significant building improvement plan the Library has undertaken in nearly 25 years.
The Library celebrated the completion of the Avondale Branch Accessibility Renovation Project with a Grand Opening ceremony May 20, 2014. The Library also celebrated the start of construction of the new new Clifton, Reading and St. Bernard branches with groundbreaking ceremonies April 21.
Michael L. Dever, president of Performance Automotive Network, donated Parkview Manor, the former house of George Barnesdale “Boss” Cox, for a new Clifton Branch in 2010. Designed by noted Cincinnati architect Samuel Hannaford, the 10,000 square foot house is located at 3400 Brookline Avenue, a few blocks from the current branch.
More details about the Clifton Branch project.
St. Bernard Branch
The existing St. Bernard Branch is 2,000-square-feet contributed facility inside the St. Bernard municipal building. In 2000, the City of St. Bernard donated a site and the Library purchased a nearby lot for parking. The new stand-alone library facility to be constructed will be 8,000 square-feet.
More details about the St. Bernard Branch project.
The current Reading Branch is a 1,934 square-feet rental facility. In 2005, the Library purchased a 3+ acre property as the future site of a library-owned branch but construction had been postponed due to lack of funding. The new branch will be 12,000 square-feet.
More details about the Reading Branch project.