March 2012

Branches · Northside

Branch Portrait

4219 Hamilton Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45223
Phone 513-369-4449
Fax 513-369-4533

Branch Manager: Sarah Schellenger
Children’s Librarian: Marni Blanken
Teen Librarian: Ryan Gay

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


The Northside Branch is located on the west side of Hamilton Ave. between Chase and Pullan. A parking lot is behind the branch. The Northside Branch is an ADA accessible facility. The branch is served by Metro routes 15X, 17, and 27.


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 Northside Branch meeting room seats 30 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.


The Cumminsville Branch opened as a modest facility in rooms on the corner of Hoffner and Spring Grove Avenues on June 10, 1879. Funding problems forced the library to close in 1882. In 1904, Northside residents appealed to the Cincinnati Public Library to reopen the branch. Funded by the Andrew Carnegie Foundation, a new building was opened to the public in April of 1908. An extensive renovation and remodeling project begun in August of 1999 temporarily closed the library. In September of 2000, it reopened as the Northside Branch Library.