October 2013

Branches · Clifton

Branch Portrait

3400 Brookline Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45220
Phone 513-369-4447
Fax 513-369-4448

Branch Manager: Lisa Hamrick
Children’s Librarian: Eric Davis
Teen Librarian: Elizabeth Weigand

Hours of Service
Mon, Tue, Thunoon–8 p.m.
Wed, Fri, Sat10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sun1 p.m.–5 p.m.


The Clifton Branch is at the corner of Brookline and Ludlow, a few blocks east of the gaslight business district. The parking lot is behind the branch. The Clifton Branch is an ADA accessible facility. The Branch is served by Metro routes 17, 19, and 51.


The Clifton Branch has after-hours hold lockers. Curbside service is now available at all branches. Visit the Main Library's MakerSpace to use our 3D printers, laser cutters, engravers, and other equipment to create, invent, and learn! The Main Library is located downtown at 800 Vine Street.

Meeting Room and Study Rooms

The Clifton Branch meeting room seats 49 people. Visit the meeting room webpage for additional information and a link to the online reservation form. Three study rooms are also available at the branch, including one with a collaborative audio/visual table. Use our online request form to reserve the study rooms.

Next Generation Libraries Project

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. Given that the average length of time since a branch has been renovated is 40+ years, the bulk of this funding will go toward improving each of the Library’s 41 locations. The development of the Plan will take place throughout 2019, and the Library will hold hundreds of community engagement sessions to listen and learn from the community about what their biggest needs are and how the Library, with its 41 locations, can be re-envisioned to serve not just today’s generation but also generations to come. Learn more on the Building the Next Generation Library site.


The first Clifton Branch opened in January, 1954, in the former quarters of a barber and beauty shop on Ludlow Ave. A storefront was added in 1962, and the library was remodeled in 1971. Another expansion and remodeling project was completed in 2003. Michael L. Dever, president of Performance Automotive Network, donated Parkview Manor, the former house of George Barnesdale “Boss” Cox, for a new Clifton Branch in 2010. The Library renovated the 10,000 square foot historic property to replace the 2,500 square foot storefront property. The new Clifton Branch opened on May 28, 2015.