The Library is committed to the community’s well-being and to contributing to the effort to build a bright future for everyone living in Cincinnati and Hamilton County. As a part of this commitment, the Library will undergo a decade-long process to upgrade its facilities. Thanks to the residents of Hamilton County, the Library will receive approximately $19 million in additional funding for the next ten years beginning in April 2019, for a total of $190 million. This is our first budget increase in nearly 20 years. Given that the average length of time since a branch has been renovated is 40+ years, the bulk of this funding will go toward system-wide improvements.
The Library opened a new Distribution Center which will help us get library materials into the hands of community members quickly and more efficiently. Last year we loaned over 19.9 million items to the residents of Hamilton County, so a state of the art distribution center is necessary to continue to provide excellent service to the community.