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
Teen Librarian: Allison Jacobs

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


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.


Use your library card to check out a laptop from the Walnut Hills Branch laptop kiosk. 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 Walnut Hills Branch meeting room is currently unavailable. Meeting space is available at the nearby branches of Corryville, Avondale, and Hyde Park.

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

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.