May 2019


The Library supports its mission of connecting people with the world of ideas and information by developing exhibits and by providing exhibit space to external organizations at the Main Library.

Temporary Exhibits

Bookworks XX

BookWorks exhibit book

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Cincinnati Book Arts Society’s annual art exhibition Bookworks. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County hosts the exhibit on the second-floor bridge at the Main Library through Sept. 1 in partnership with CBAS, a nonprofit organization of professional and amateur hand workers in the book arts.

There are two chances to join an artist walk-through to learn more about Bookwork XX and creative process. No registration is necessary for the artist walk-throughs.

  • 2-4 p.m. Sunday, June 2
  • 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18

Keith Kuhn Memorial Exhibit

Keith Kuhn exhibit book

In addition to the Bookworks XX exhibit, the Library displays select items from its own book art collection in the Keith Kuhn Memorial Exhibit June 4-30 in display cases on the second floor.

The Keith Kuhn Memorial Exhibit is curated in memory of former Library Services Director Keith Kuhn, who was responsible for growing the Library’s special collection of book artworks. He also was a founding member of CBAS. Many of the books in this collection are hand-made by well-known international, national, and local artists.

Celebrating Cincinnati Baseball: 150 Years of the Cincinnati Reds

1869 Red Stocks Team Photo

Cincinnati is celebrating the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first professional baseball team. The Genealogy & Local History Department is celebrating this important milestone by partnering with the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum presented by Dinsmore to produce an exhibit featuring many items from both organizations’ collections. These items tell the story of the Cincinnati Reds baseball club from its beginning in 1869 to its present-day team. This exhibit is on display through July 28 in the Joseph S. Stern, Jr., Cincinnati Room on the third floor of the Main Library.

Permanent Exhibits

John James Audubon Exhibit

Birds of AmericaBirds of America

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is fortunate to own one of the few intact copies of John James Audubon’s Birds of America. New cases to house the set were unveiled on Nov. 16, 2015 in the Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room at the Main Library.

The four-volume folio set is part of a permanent exhibit that also features a new computer touch screen allowing visitors to digitally flip through the books and zoom in on the artwork.

Learn more about this priceless treasure in the Library's collection.

Cincinnati Panorama of 1848

Charles Fontayne and William S. Porter’ Cincinnati Panorama of 1848, the oldest wide view photograph of an American city, returns to permanent display after more than half a century out of the public eye.

Image of Cincinnati Panorama of 1848Cincinnati Panorama of 1848

Located in the Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room, this award-winning masterpiece is revered worldwide as one of the finest examples of daguerreian photography. Displayed in its original mat and mid 19th century frame, it is protected from deterioration with an interior housing of argon gas and filtered lights. Two interactive displays, one adjacent to the original and a second in the Main Library’s Atrium, allow the viewer to experience Cincinnati’s bustling riverfront through high definition images on touch screens. Navigate and zoom in for a glimpse of life along the riverfront in 1848. Points of Interest in the digital displays provide further exploration through portraits, newspapers, advertisements, documents, and maps from the time period.

For additional information about any of the exhibits listed, please call our Programs & Exhibits Office at 513-369-3173.