Main Library · Guide to Services and Resources

Use this guide to locate resources, services, and material in the Main Library. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, give us a call at (513)369-6900 or send us an email!

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Administrative offices 3rd floor, North Building
Almanacs Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Art auction guides Information and Reference, 3rd floor, South Building
Artist (Cincinnati) files Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Assistive services PCs with Zoomtext: TechCenter
Information and Reference
Genealogy and Local History
TeenSpot
William Hueneke Homework Center
Motorized scooters: Security Office, Walnut Street Entrance, 1st floor, South Building, (513)369-6987
TTY telephone: 1st floor, North Building
Atlases Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
ATM machine Walnut Street Entrance, 1st floor, South Building
Audiobooks CD, cassette, and Playaway: Popular Library, 1st floor, South Building
Available online in Downloadables Collection
Auto price guides Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Auto repair manuals Information and Reference, 3rd floor, South Building
Also online
Aquarium Next to Circulation Desk, 1st floor, North Building

B

Biographies Adult: Popular Library, 1st floor, South Building
Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Teen: TeenSpot, 2nd floor, North Building
Kids: Children’s Learning Center, 1st floor, North Building
Also online
Books on tape or CD See Audiobooks
Bookstore See Friends of the Public Library Gift Shop
Braille See Visually Impaired Services
Building codes Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Bus schedules Information Kiosk, 1st floor, South Building
Business annual reports Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Business directories Current year: Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
All other years: Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Also online

C

Careers See Jobs
Catalog Only PC’s Popular Library, 1st floor, South Building
Atrium, 1st floor, South Building
Information and Reference, 2nd & 3rd floor, South Building
Children’s Learning Center, 1st floor, North Building
Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Cemetery records Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Census records Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Also online
Census statistics Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Change Circulation Desk, 1st floor, North and South Building
Check-out machines, self-serve Circulation, 1st floor, South Building
Circulation, 1st floor, North Building
Popular Library, 1st floor, South Building
TeenSpot, 2nd floor, North Building
Children’s Garden 1st floor, North Building
Children’s services Children’s Learning Center, 1st floor, North Building
Church records Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Cincinnati and neighborhood histories Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Cincinnati Opera archives Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Also online
Cincinnati ordinances (historic) Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
City Council information Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
City directories Current year: Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
All other years: Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Also online
See also Haines directory
Civil Service test information Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Also online: Testing & Education Reference Center and Learning Express Library
Classes Technology: Computer Training Room, 1st floor, North Building
Continuing Education: online
Cliffs Notes Information and Reference, 3rd floor, South Building
College search information Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Also online
Color printing (.25 per page) TechCenter, 2nd floor, South Building
Popular Library, 1st floor, South Building
TeenSpot, 2nd floor, North Building
Information & Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Genealogy & Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Magazines & Newspapers, 2nd floor, North Building
Compact discs Adult: Popular Library, 1st floor, South Building
Kids: Children’s Learning Center, 1st floor, North Building
Computer PCs See Technology
Online PC Reservation Form
Consumer Reports Magazines and Newspapers, 2nd floor, North Building
Also online
Cookbooks Information and Reference, 3rd floor, South Building
Copiers Black and white: Information and Reference · Magazines and Newspapers · Genealogy and Local History
Popular Library · Children’s Learning Center Color: Information and Reference, 3rd floor, South Building
Copyright Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Cost of living indexes (Consumer Price Index) Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Criss-cross directory See Haines Directory

D

Demographic information Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Dewey decimal guide Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Diaper changing areas All public restrooms
Dictionaries Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Also online
Donations for the Friends of the Public Library Walnut Street entrance, 1st floor, South Building
Drive thru window South side of 9th street between Walnut Street and Vine Street
DVDs (movies, documentaries, etc.) Popular Library, 1st floor, South Building

E

Encylopedias Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
William Hueneke Homework Center, 1st floor, North Building
Also online
English as a Second Language (ESL) Popular Library, 1st floor, South Building
Also online
Exhibit space Atrium, 1st floor, South Building
Cincinnati Room, 3rd Floor, North Building

F

Family histories Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Federal depository material Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Fiction Adult: Popular Library, 1st floor, South Building
Teen: TeenSpot, 2nd floor, North Building
Kids: Children’s Learning Center, 1st Floor, North Building
Fiction in other languages Adult: Popular Library, 1st floor, South Building
Kids: Children’s Learning Center, 1st Floor, North Building
First aid Security Office, Walnut Street Entrance, 1st floor, South Building
Foreign genealogy Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Foreign languages (material on learning other languages) Print: Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Audiovisual: Popular Library, 1st floor, South Building
Also online
Foreign trade statistics Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Freedman’s Bureau Records Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Friends of the Public Library Gift Shop Mezzanine, South Building, 513-369-6920

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Genealogy Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Globes Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED) Print study guides: Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Video study guides: Popular Library, 1st floor, South Building
Practice test schedule and information: (513)369-4570
Also online
Gift shop See Friends of the Public Library Gift Shop
Government documents Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Grants (nonprofit foundations and the federal government) Grants Resource Center, Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Graphic novels Adult: Popular Library, 1st floor, South Building
Teen: TeenSpot, 2nd floor, North Building
Kids: Children’s Learning Center, 1st floor, North Building

H

Haines Directory Current year: Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
All other years: Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Health information Information and Reference, 3rd floor, South Building
Also online
Hearn Collection Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Also online
High school yearbooks Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Holds pickup Circulation, 1st floor, South Building
Drive thru window, south side of 9th street between Walnut Street and Vine Street
Homebound services Outreach Services (513)369-6963
Homework help William Hueneke Homework Center, 1st floor, North Building
Also online

I

Inland Rivers Collection Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Also online
Interlibrary loan To place an interlibrary loan call: (513)369-6990
More information available online
Internal Revenue Service See Tax information and forms
Internet See Technology or WiFi
Investment newsletters Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building

J

Jobs General employment information: Career Resource Center, Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Also online

K

Kids See Children’s services and Homework help

L

Large print books Browsing: Popular Library, 1st floor, South Building
Also available via Outreach Services (513)369-6963
Legal forms Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Also online
Literacy programs Contact Keith Armour 513-369-6962
Also online
Literary criticism Information and Reference, 3rd floor, South Building
Also online
Local and neighborhood histories See Cincinnati and neighborhood histories
Lost and found Security Office, Walnut Street Entrance, 1st floor, South Building, (513)369-6987

M

Magazines Magazines and Newspapers, 2nd floor, North Building
Also online
Manga Adult: Popular Library, 1st floor, South Building
Teen: TeenSpot, 2nd floor, North Building
Maps Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Meeting rooms 2nd and 3rd floor, South Building. Reserve online
Meeting Room Policy and Guidelines
Mergent manuals Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Microforms Magazines and Newspapers: Magazines and Newspapers, 2nd floor, North Building
Census records and historical books: Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Military records and regimental histories Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Morningstar Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Movies Popular Library, 1st floor, South Building
Music (recorded) Popular Library, 1st floor, South Building
Music scores, sheet music Information and Reference, 3rd floor, South Building
Mysteries Adult: Popular Library, 1st floor, South Building
Teen: TeenSpot, 2nd floor, North Building
Kids: Children’s Learning Center, 1st Floor, North Building

N

Newspapers (historical and current) Magazines and Newspapers, 2nd floor, North Building
Local newspaper index available online

O

Obituaries Magazines and Newspapers, 2nd floor, North Building
See also Genealogy

P

Parking Physically handicapped spots available in the North Building parking lot.
Additional information available online
Passenger ship records Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Passports Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Additional information available online
Patents Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Also online
Physician’s Desk Reference Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Plantation records Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Playaways Adult: Popular Library, 1st floor, South Building
Teen: TeenSpot, 2nd floor, North Building
Kids: Children’s Learning Center, 1st Floor, North Building
Plays Information and Reference, 3rd floor, South Building
Poetry indexes Information and Reference, 3rd floor, South Building
Property ownership records Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building

R

Rare book collections Cincinnati Room, Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Also online
Reader’s advisory Popular Library, 1st floor, South Building
Reading Garden 1st Floor, South Building

S

Sanborn maps Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Scholarships Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Available online
Schomberg Collection Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Science fair research Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Children’s Learning Center, 1st Floor, North Building
Science fiction Adult: Popular Library, 1st floor, South Building
Teen: TeenSpot, 2nd floor, North Building
Kids: Children’s Learning Center, 1st Floor, North Building
Security Office Walnut Street Entrance, 1st floor, South Building
Sheet music Information and Reference, 3rd floor, South Building
Small business Small Business Resource Center, Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Songs See Music
State and county histories Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Stock prices Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Study guides/test books Career Resource Center, Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Also online: Testing & Education Reference Center and Learning Express Library
Study areas Adjacent to Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Adjacent to Magazines and Newspapers, 2nd floor, North Building
Adjacent to Information and Reference, 3rd floor, South Building

T

Tax information and forms Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Additional information available online
Technology TechCenter, 2nd floor, South Building
Printing available for 15 cents per page (Library card required)
Guide to software available in the department
Library Internet Use Policy
See also Color Printing
Teen TeenSpot, 2nd floor, North Building
Telephone directories Current year: Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
All other years: Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
See also Haines Directory
Telephones Walnut Street Entrance, 1st floor, South Building
1st floor, North Building
Tests (educational and professional) Career Resource Center, Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Also online: Testing & Education Reference Center and Learning Express Library
Tours of the Main Library Call (513)369-3173
Trademarks and trade names Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Travel books Information and Reference, 3rd floor, South Building
Popular Library, 1st floor, South Building

V

Value Line Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Veterans History Project Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Also online
Videos, DVDs, CDs Popular Library, 1st floor, South Building
Visitor information See Cincinnati tourist information
Visually impaired services Available via Outreach Services (513)369-6963
Vital records Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building

W

WiFi Available throughout the building
Additional information available online
Wills (forms) Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building
Also online
Word processing Available at computers throughout the building

Y

Yearbooks Genealogy and Local History, 3rd floor, South Building
Also online (U.C.)

Z

Zip code directories Information and Reference, 2nd floor, South Building