August 3, 2001


Nine Branch Libraries to Undergo Refurbishment


In order to serve its customers better and improve operational efficiency, nine branches of the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County will receive major face-lifts and upgrades. This will include new carpeting, painting, plastering and minor repair, added display units, new lighting, sidewalk improvements, re-paving parking lots, refurbished and new furniture, replacement of HVAC systems, and computer upgrades. These extensive enhancements will necessitate some closings. Due to the scope of the work to be undertaken, the following scheduled closing dates are as follows:

North Central Branch Library, 11109 Hamilton Avenue, 369-6068

Closed Fri., August 10, 5 p.m. for 13 days until Fri., August 24, 10 a.m.

Exterior painting, new carpeting throughout, additional lighting in stack areas


Madeira Branch Library, 7200 Miami Avenue, 369-6028

Closed Sun., August 12, 4 p.m. for 18 days until Thurs., August 30, 10 a.m.

Exterior painting and masonry work, new carpeting throughout


Norwood Branch Library, 4325 Montgomery Road, 369-6037

Closed Fri., August 24, 5:30 p.m. for 16 weeks until Fri., December 14, 9 a.m.

New furniture, carpeting, shelving, lighting, ceiling and HVAC; reconfiguration of shelving, new circulation desk, separate audiovisual and reading room, separate teen space with couch and collection, more PC Pals and computers, restoration of Rookwood vases and Clement Barnhorn bas reliefs


Mariemont Branch Library, 3810 Pocahontas Avenue, 369-4467

Closed Fri., August 31, 5:30 p.m. for 14 days until Fri., September 14, 9 a.m.

Interior painting, new carpeting throughout, new light fixtures in lobby, exterior painting, masonry work, new bike rack


Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road, 369-6001

Closed Wed., September 12, 5:30 p.m., for 15 days until Fri., September 28, 10 a.m.

Repair, reseal and re-stripe parking lot, exterior painting, new carpeting throughout


Cheviot Branch Library, 3711 Robb Avenue, 369-6015

Closed from Fri., September 14, 5:30 p.m. for 24 days until Tue., October 9,�

12 noon

New carpeting, paint, furniture, shelving; Children�s Room shelving will be reconfigured, new circulation desk


Wyoming Branch Library, 500 Springfield Pike, 369-6014

Closed Sat., September 29, 6 p.m. for 17 days until Wed., October 17, 9 a.m.

New circulation desk, additional lights in Adult Reading room, lower level, and stairway, new carpeting throughout, new flooring in lobby, interior painting


Green Township Branch Library, 6525 Bridgetown Road, 369-6095

Closed Thurs., October 18, 9 p.m. for 15 days until Sat., November 3, 10 a.m.

New carpeting throughout, interior painting and flooring, exterior masonry work and painting


Mt. Healthy Branch Library, 7608 Hamilton Avenue, 369-4469

Closed Fri., November 2, 9 p.m. for 16 days until Mon., November 19, 12 noon

New accessible ramp to Children�s Reading area, new window treatment at street, new circulation desk top, interior painting and new carpeting throughout, new lighting


The Westwood Branch Library, 3345 Epworth Avenue, is currently in the middle of a $1.8 million expansion and renovation project. In addition to increasing floor space 2,000 square feet to 9,755, capacity will increase 71%, the number of computers will triple from 6 to 18, and the collection size will expand from 46,000 to 63,000-plus, a 37% increase. There will also be separate teen and kids corners, a greatly expanded Dater Collection of children�s materials, more comfortable seating, bay window seats, and a separate reference desk and lift to make the main floor and basement space handicapped accessible. The branch will also receive a new roof and HVAC system. It is expected that the branch will close for several weeks towards the end of 2001 to accommodate work that cannot be done while the building is open to the public.

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