October 2018

Request for Proposals · Facility Master Plan

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County serves as the only public library system for county citizens. With 494,936 registered cardholders and 41 locations throughout the county, the Library works to fulfill its mission to connect people with the world of ideas and information in meaningful ways. The demographics of the Library’s service are similar to those of Hamilton County’s 800,000 residents. The Library recently passed an additional 1mill levy for 10 years for operating expenses and capital improvements with the intent to improve the facilities.

The Library’s Board of Trustees has endorsed the following principles to guide the Facility Master Planning process:

  • Maximize access
  • Transparency
  • Customer focus
  • Operational sustainability
  • Industry-leading excellence
  • Diversity and inclusion

Request for Proposals

Facility Master Plan
Due: Noon, Friday, November 16, 2018
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCH) is seeking proposals from organizations experienced in work with libraries in the area of strategic facilities planning to aid in the development and facilitation of a community-focused process resulting in a Library Facility Master Plan. The Plan will serve as a management tool to guide the organization in envisioning and implementing its future. To inform the development of proposals, the Library has compiled basic information about each location.


RFP Release Date Wednesday, 10/17/18
Facility Summaries Posted Monday, 10/22/18
Deadline to Submit Questions Friday, 10/26/18
Questions and Answers Posted Wednesday, 10/31/18
Proposals Due Electronically Friday, 11/16/18
Selection Made Friday, 12/7/18

All submissions must be sent to rfp@cincinnatilibrary.org.