Written by Lisa Mauch and Kelly Sheehy, Content Specialists, Downtown Main Library
More than 110 years after the doors to the Price Hill Branch first opened in 1909, the doors are opening again to a reimagined and renovated library. Price Hill is the first branch of the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library (CHPL) to undergo a major improvement as a Design Project in its Facility Master Plan.
“I am thrilled to announce that the newly renovated Price Hill Branch is reopening to the community,” said Paula Brehm-Heeger, the Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director of the Library. “This is significant for us, and the community that gave us their valuable input, to showcase the potential of working together to create a Next Generation Library.”
With an estimated project cost of $7.3 million, the new Price Hill Branch is a beautiful, light-filled building that combines the historic with community-requested amenities for all ages:
- Additional 6,793 square feet of indoor space
- Accessible to wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers
- Designated quiet areas
- Re-envisioned spaces for adults, teens, kids
- Bilingual approach, including signage in Spanish
- Increased parking
- Flexibility to meet future community needs
While the new and improved branch is now re-opened to the public, with COVID-19 health and safety measures in place, you can check things out virtually by taking a tour of the building on our YouTube channel.
Our Price Hill staff can’t wait to meet and greet community members in their expanded and restored space. CHPL extends a special thanks to the Cincinnati Recreation Commission for the use of its space as a temporary library, as well as the Price Hill community for their interest, feedback, support, and patience.
Watch a recording of the building's ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday, April 11:
Finally, here’s a video showing how much the building has changed:
To see a photo gallery of the Price Hill renovation, visit CincinnatiLibrary.org/next-generation/price-hill/. To keep up to date with our plans for updating other branches in our library system, visit our Next Generation Library page.