Main Library · Magazines and Newspapers Department

Second Floor–North Building

Manager: Ben Lathrop

Hours of Service
Mon–Wed 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Thu–Sat 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sun 1 p.m.–5 p.m.

About the Department

When the Main Library was expanded in 1997, periodicals and newspapers previously spread among the Main Library subject departments were drawn together to form the collection of the Magazines and Newspapers Department. With about 1,000 current title subscriptions, and archives that span four centuries, the Library’s magazine and newspaper collection is designed to support the interests of casual readers, specialists, and researchers needing in-depth scholarly information.

The Collection

The periodical collection includes popular local, national, and international magazines, as well as scholarly and trade journals. Current issues of approximately 1,000 titles are displayed on the second floor bridge adjacent to the Department. Ask at the reference desk for other titles or back issues. Although the majority of the titles are library use only, a collection of circulating titles is available in the Department. Genealogy magazines are shelved in the Genealogy & Local History Department, magazines for children are kept in the Children’s Learning Center, and periodicals published by the Government Printing Office can be found in the Information & Reference Department.

The department also houses an extensive collection of local, national, and international newspapers. You’ll find a selection of current newspapers displayed on the second floor bridge. Ask at the reference desk for other titles or back issues. The newspaper microfilm collection is one of the biggest strengths of the department, containing many of Cincinnati’s newspapers dating back to the 19th century, as well as complete coverage of the New York Times and the London Times. The “African American Newspaper Collection” consists of microfilm copies of African American newspapers from different cities around the country from the late 1800s to the end of the 1900s.


Staff are available to assist customers in many ways, from finding magazine or newspaper articles on a particular subject, to searching periodical databases, to demonstrating the use of various departmental indexes. Reference assistance is provided at the public desk, by phone, or by email.