August 2017

About Us · Facilities and Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan

At the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County our customers are at the center of everything we do. We put you first in every decision and interaction. We provide the services you need in facilities that are convenient and easy to use. We offer the up-to-date technology you expect. Our expert staff is here to assist you in a friendly, helpful and knowledgeable manner. We must manage our funding to fulfill this commitment to you, our customers.

Facilities Plan

Thanks to the residents of Hamilton County, the Library will receive approximately $19 million in additional funding beginning in 2019. This is our first budget increase in nearly 20 years.

Accessibility projects are our #1 priority, and we have already started the planning work to re-envision the Price Hill, Walnut Hills, and Madisonville branch libraries ensuring they are accessible to everyone including those with disabilities. We’ve hired Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber (FTC&H) as the architectural design firm.

Structural and other legacy issues require us to begin with the Price Hill Branch and Main Library. We’re working with Group 4 Architecture, Research+Planning, Inc. They will help us to gain public input on the immediate needs at Price Hill and the Main Library. Group 4 recently presented to the Board of Trustees. On September 26 and 27, 2018 they will lead engagement sessions with each of those communities. Their initial planning work is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is committed to engaging the community, staff, businesses, and stakeholders throughout the process and in meaningful ways as we begin our most ambitious facilities plan in our 160 year-history

About Group 4 Architecture, Research+Planning, Inc.

Group 4’s body of work includes extensive work with the Dayton Metro (OH) Library, Multnomah County Library in Oregon, Johnson County (KS) Library, Jefferson County (CO) Public Library as well as libraries in Carlsbad, California and San Francisco, CA, and they are recognized experts in the field of strategic facilities planning for public libraries centered on community and stakeholder engagement.