Library Policies and Guidelines

Circulation of Petitions and Distribution and Posting of Non-Library Material
Information about petitioning on Library premises and the distribution and posting of non-library material.
Collection Development Policy
Important information about decision-making regarding the selection, management, and preservation of the Library’s collection. For local and self-published authors interested in having their titles added to our collection, please see our guidelines here.
Confidentiality of Library Records
Important information about your use of the Library and its resources.
Guidelines about exhibits and exhibit space at the Library.
Fines and Fees
Please refer to the Table of Fines and Fees and the Price List for details about overdue fines, fees for lost or damaged materials, copying charges, shopping bags, passport fees, etc.
Internet Accessibility Statement
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is committed to providing accessible digital materials for person with disabilities. pages meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 AA, WCAG 2.0 A, and Section 508. Older, legacy pages are in the process of being evaluated and upgraded as necessary for compliance. In addition, pages are spot-checked on a monthly basis to ensure that the Library's compliance standard is being met. Content that the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has created that is not fully accessible to individuals with disabilities can be reported to the Web Development Team through our online contact form. Please include the nature of the accessibility issue, the URL for the webpage with which you are having difficulty, and your contact information.
Internet Use Policy
Guidelines for using Library computers.
Library Cards and Circulation
Information about library cards, their use, and the circulation of library material.
Meeting Rooms
The Library welcomes the use of its meeting rooms within these guidelines.
Online Security Statement
Details about the security and privacy of your online transactions with the Library.
Photographing and Videotaping in the Public Library Policy
Photography or videotaping is generally permitted if it is for general Public Library promotion by the media, student projects, and/or strictly for personal use. Photography on Library property in generally permitted provided it is not disturbing customers or invading their personal space. Requests to photograph or videotape for commercial purposes are not permitted without approval by The Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director of the Library. Requests for permission to photograph or videotape for commercial purposes must be submitted in writing for review by The Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director.
Information about an integral component of library service.
Public Participation
The Board of Trustees of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (“Board”) welcomes public input in its deliberations. The Board further recognizes both the importance of public comment on issues before the Board and the ability of members of the community to express their views on matters of interest to the Library.
Public Records Policy
It is the policy of the Library to provide lawful access to the Library's public records in accordance with Ohio Revised Code 149 and applicable case law.
Social Media Comment & Posting Guidelines
The Library encourages participation on all of its social media platforms; however we ask that users keep postings and comments appropriate for all audiences. The Library reserves the right to remove any content that is deemed, in its sole view, to be inappropriate in nature. The Library is not responsible for the content posted by others on its social media platforms. User content is the opinion of the specific author and does not necessarily represent the opinions of the Library. Thank you for your comments and for your help in creating a safe and engaging environment for our online community.
Standards of Library Behavior
Important information for visitors to the Library.