NEWS

Avondale Branch

Grand Reopening: Tuesday, May 20

Branch temporarily closed (May 5 to May 19) for final phase of renovation. More details about the closing

Rookwood tile design finalized

Construction underway

Groundbreaking: October 8

Construction bid ad approved by Board of Trustees

Preliminary architect’s drawings released

Reading and St. Bernard Branches

Groundbreaking: April 21, 2:30 p.m. (Reading) & 4:00 p.m. (St. Bernard)

Geothermal borefield bid advertisement posted

Reading Branch design plans unveiled at January 21 Community Council Meeting

St. Bernard Branch design plans unveiled at January 23 meeting in St. Bernard Municipal Center building

More news about Reading and St. Bernard

Clifton Branch

Groundbreaking: April 21, 1:15 p.m.

Addition/renovation and geothermal borefield bid advertisements posted

Geothermal test well dug

Preliminary design plans previewed with community: overview, first and second floor, basement, exterior

More news about Clifton

October 2013

ABOUT US · CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

Facilities Initiative

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.

The Library celebrated the start of construction of the new Clifton, Reading and St. Bernard branches with groundbreaking ceremonies April 21. Visit each construction project page to view photos from the groundbreaking ceremonies.

Avondale Branch

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.

Reading Branch

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.

Clifton Branch

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.

Construction Timelines

2013
2014
2015

Avondale Branch

DESIGN
BID
CONSTRUCTION
Branch Closing
May 5, 2014
Reopening
May 20, 2014

Clifton Branch

DESIGN
BID
CONSTRUCTION
Expected Completion: Spring/Summer 2015

Reading Branch

DESIGN
BID
CONSTRUCTION
Expected Completion: Spring/Summer 2015

St. Bernard Branch

DESIGN
BID
CONSTRUCTION
Expected Completion: Spring/Summer 2015