February 2016

Branches · Reading

Branch Portrait

8740 Reading Rd.
Reading, Ohio 45215
Phone 513-369-4465
Fax 513-369-4466

Branch Manager: Cate Crusham
Children’s Librarian: Kelly Heaton
Teen Librarian: Maggi Jackson

Hours of Service
Mon, Tue, Thu noon–8 p.m.
Wed, Fri, Sat 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sun1 p.m.–5 p.m.


The Reading Branch is located on Reading Rd. across from Southern Ave. A parking lot is available next to the building. The Reading Branch is an ADA accessible facility and has a drive-up window. The branch is served by Metro route 43.


Use your library card to check out a laptop from the branch laptop kiosk. A MakerSpace with a 3D printer and button maker is available for creating, inventing, and learning! Curbside service is now available at all branches.

Meeting Rooms and Study Rooms

The Reading Branch meeting room seats 61 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.

Branch History

Library service has been available in the community since April 1927 when the Reading Branch opened for business. The branch was managed jointly with the Lockland Branch Library (on Williams Street). In 1965, the Lockland and Reading Branches merged and moved into a rental facility on the corner of Benson Street and Jefferson Avenue. The branch moved again, in July 2000 to a rental location on the corner of Reading Road and Pike Street. In 2015, the rental property was replaced by a new 12,000 square-foot facility boasting innovative features and services. The Grand Opening for the new Reading Branch was held on June 23, 2015.