Next Generation Library
Our Facility Master Plan, completed in 2019, is guiding a multi-year improvement project we call Building the Next Generation Library.
Frequently Asked Questions
Facility Master Plan Overview The locations are divided into four categories:
- Main Library: A destination library that offers a range of specialty services and resources as well as a full range of typical ones.
- Next Generation Libraries: Large branches that provide a full range of modern library services and resources.
- Neighborhood Libraries: Moderately sized branches that provide essential library services and resources.
- Focused Libraries: Smallest in size and only offers focused services, tailored to neighborhood need..
- Facility Master Plan Section I—Executive Summary
Facility Master Plan Section II—Branch and Main Library Recommendation Summaries
- Central Planning Zone, opens a new window — Avondale, Clifton, Corryville, Main, Northside, Norwood, St. Bernard, Walnut Hills, West End
- Central North Planning Zone, opens a new window — College Hill, Elmwood Place, Forest Park, Greenhills, Groesbeck, Mt. Healthy, North Central, Wyoming
- North East Planning Zone, opens a new window — Blue Ash, Bond Hill, Deer Park, Loveland, Madeira, Pleasant Ridge, Reading, Sharonville,Symmes Township
- South East Planning Zone, opens a new window — Anderson, Hyde Park, Madisonville, Mariemont, Mt. Washington, Oakley
- West Planning Zone, opens a new window — Cheviot, Covedale, Delhi Township, Green Township, Harrison, Miami Township, Monfort Heights, Price Hill, Westwood
- Master Plan Section III—Implementation Strategy
No closings or consolidations were recommended in the 10-year Facility Master Plan.
Despite the financial need being significantly greater than the amount of funds available, the library is committed to making sure each of the 41 locations will undergo some type of improvement in the next 10 years. Additional improvements can occur in between 2029-2038, if funding becomes available.
As part of the Facility Master Plan process, architects and engineers evaluated each facility to identify needs. Their expert evaluation estimates that the actual funding needed to both address deferred maintenance and upgrade facilities is between $300 million to $350 million in 2019 dollars.
Project funding is from the 1 mil levy that passed in 2018, which provides up to $190 million to the Library for operating expenses in 10 installments of $19 million. Approximately $142 million to $157 million of these funds is being used for facilities improvements. We are grateful for taxpayer support of the levy.