Main Library · Films and Recordings Department

The Films & and Recordings Department service desk closed in October as part of the Main Library for the 21st Century reorganization. The collection is now part of the Popular Library.

First Floor—South Building

Manager: David Siders

About the Department

One of the first public library audiovisual departments in the nation, Films and Recordings was established in 1947 as a unit of the Library’s Art and Music Department. Two years later it became a separate Main Library department, and since then it has evolved into one of the Main Library’s most popular areas, a busy “library-within-the-library,” providing complete audiovisual advisory, reference, and circulation services.

The Collection

The Films and Recordings Department offers both popular and research materials—from the latest DVD release, for example, to slides depicting Cincinnati’s history, with all circulating materials available for borrowing free of charge. The collection consists of materials in the following formats:

Children’s compact discs and audiocassettes can be found in the Children’s Learning Center.

Special Collections

The Oscar Treadwell Collection
a circulating collection of 258 audiocassettes of the “Jazz with O.T.” radio program originally broadcast on WGUC.
Foreign Language Courses
A collection of recorded lessons for over thirty languages available on audiocassette and CD.
Cincinnati History Slide Collection
Over 1,700 slides documenting Cincinnati history which provide a comprehensive look at historic landmarks, buildings and culture.

Borrowing Materials

Most materials may be checked out from Films and Recordings, or, if you prefer, you may request that they be sent to any Library branch for pick-up. If you do not find what you are looking for on the public floor, please ask at the Films and Recordings service desk—some materials are housed in a non-public area or may be available at a branch. Loan periods and limits vary according to the type of material, and special borrowing regulations may apply to some materials. You may renew most materials if they if they are not on hold for another borrower or reached the renewal limit (you can renew your items by using our catalog or by calling the Renewals Line 513-369-6979). You may return your materials to any Main Library circulation desk or to any branch library.

Please refer to our Borrowing Guidelines for additional information about checking out videocassettes, DVDs, compact discs, slides, etc.

Reference Service

The Films and Recordings Center staff will help you locate a song or a sound effect, the latest bestseller on tape pr CD to ease your daily commute and that foreign film that no local video outlet carries. Staff will also assist you in using the Library catalog.

The department also compiles several indexes for identifying videocassettes in genres such as westerns and horror films as well as indexes for locating audiocassette music and spoken word titles. Ask for these at the Films and Recordings Center service desk.

Resource Lists

Contact the Films and Recordings Department if you would like a copy of any of these lists or bibliographies.