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.
A $1.2 million renovation of the 100-year old Avondale Branch Library will make this Carnegie Branch accessible to everyone by adding an alternative entrance, elevator, and two new bathrooms that will remove physical barriers to library service.
More details about the Avondale 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.
Michael L. Dever, president of Performance Automotive Network, donated Parkview Manor, the former home of George Barnesdale “Boss” Cox, for a new Clifton Branch in 2010. Designed by noted Cincinnati architect Samuel Hannaford, the 10,000 square foot home is located at 3400 Brookline Avenue, a few blocks from the current branch.
More details about the Clifton Branch project.