Main Library · Children’s Library

First Floor—North Building

Manager: Ted Rice

Hours of Service
Mon–Wed 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Thu–Sat 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sun 1 p.m.–5 p.m.

About the Department

The Library’s service to children in Cincinnati began with the opening of a Children’s Room on May 14, 1900. From the beginning, the room proved to be popular (especially its collection of stereopticon cards which could be borrowed with a stereoscope and taken home in small wooden boxes). School classes also met at the library for a graded curriculum in library use. Although the original room, the stereopticons, and the curriculum have fallen to history, the rich tradition of children’s services and cooperative efforts with parents and teachers has evolved into an expansive program for children. Today, the department offers a wide variety of services, resources, and programs for younger Library users.

The Collection

The Children’s Library collection reflects the wide variety of children’s materials. In the collection, you’ll find picture books, concept books, board books, beginning readers, juvenile fiction, nonfiction, audiobooks, music tapes and cds, non-English language books, titles for parents, and reference resources for educators.


Children’s Library staff are available to help kids, parents, caregivers, and teachers find the reference, educational and recreational material of interest to them. Our staff are also happy to provide reading recommendations, prepare teacher collections, and lead tours of the Children’s Learning Center.