August 2018

Branches · Walnut Hills

Branch Portrait

2533 Kemper Lane
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
Phone 513-369-6053
Fax 513-369-4492

Branch Manager: Kendall Kidder-Goshorn
Children’s Librarian: Sam Lumetta

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 Walnut Hills Branch is temporarily closed due to the discovery of mold in the basement. The first floor of the branch - where all but the meeting room and restrooms are located - tested within the normal range. However, out of an abundance of caution, the Library made the difficult decision to close the branch until the issue is addressed. Remidiation work is scheduled to begin August 30 and last for several weeks. During this time, customers may pick up their holds at the Avondale Branch. Customers may still use the after-hours book drop at the Walnut Hill Branch to return their material.


The branch is located on the corner of Kemper Lane and William Howard Taft Road. Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building. The branch is served by Metro routes 1, 4, 11, and 31.


Walnut Hills Branch Library opened in April 7, 1906, replacing two neighborhood deposit stations. Designed in the French Renaissance style, it was the first of nine branch libraries in Cincinnati built through the generosity of philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The twin columns at the entrance arrived from Munich, Germany, with the Tyler Davidson Fountain, and later were incorporated into the building’s design. Paintings in the adult reading room are the gift of a local artist. Other special features include the original birch-stained mahogany woodwork and the stained glass window in the vestibule, a gift commissioned and purchased for the library by an area couple.

Special Services

A book return is available at the branch.

Meeting Room

The Walnut Hills Branch meeting room seats 30 people. Visit the meeting room webpage for additional information and a link to the online reservation form.