April 2013

Branches · Madisonville

Branch Portrait

4830 Whetsel Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45227
Phone 513-369-6029
Fax 513-369-4537

Branch Manager: Terry Barnum
Children’s Librarian: Tya Harlan

Hours of Service
Mon, Tue noon–8 p.m.
Wed, Thu noon–6 p.m.
Fri, Sat 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sun closed


The branch is located on Whetsel Avenue, approximately one block from the intersection of Madison Road and Whetsel. On street parking is available. The branch is served by Metro routes 11 and 12X.


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

The Madisonville Branch meeting room seats 55 people. Visit the meeting room webpage for additional information and a link to the online reservation form.

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.

Branch History

Beginning in 1892, the “Free Reading Room” operated in the Madisonville Town Hall, along with the sheriff's office, jail, store rooms, auditorium, and, at one time, a Kroger grocery store. The village reading room was absorbed by the Cincinnati Public Library in 1902. In 1923, the cornerstone for a new building was laid on the site of the old Town Hall. Opened on February 13, 1925, the building is designed in the Renaissance Revival style. Copies of work by Italian sculptor Luca Della Robbia in polychrome enameled terra cotta decorate the interior walls.