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Library is "Busiest Central Library in US"...Again

by The Cincinnati Team

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Again Busiest Central Library in US

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton CountyAccording to the Public Library Data Service report published by the Public Library Association, the Main Library in downtown Cincinnati was ranked the busiest central library in the United States for the second year in a row.  They loaned 6.6 million materials in 2012, accounting for 38% of the materials loaned by the entire system.  

The entire system ranked seventh busiest in the US and second busiest in Ohio.  The 41 branches loaned out more than 17 million materials.  Additionally, the system has the highest number of items circulating per capita among libraries serving a population of 800,000 or more...nearly 22 items were loaned to every person in Hamilton County.

Buzz Feed's "30 Best Places to Be, If you Love Books"

by The Cincinnati Team

​​The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Named to list of "30 Best Places to Be, if You Love Books"

Buzz Feed has named the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County to its list of 30 Best Places to Be, if You Love Books.  Those chosen range from a library built in an abandoned Walmart to the Libreris Acqua Alta in Venice to home libraries to cozy reading nooks to the Beinicke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale.  The picture used of our library was from the library that used to be at 629 Vine Street (formerly a theater) Amongst the diverse offerings, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County ranked #28, ahead of the Library of Congress.


S&J Cafe Opens at the Main LibraryCincinnati Public Library

A welcome addition to the Public Library's Main Library is the S&J Cafe.  Started as the Skirtz and Johnston Bakery in Findlay Market, the chefs have branched out to offer a full range of breakfast and luncheon dishes to library visitors. Servers will include many Midwest Culinary Institute graduates and students.

When you have a chance to stop into the Library searching for  book, video or music needs, now you will be able to have lunch and take a closer look at books you might check out.  They offer breakfast sandwiches, bagels, scones and Danish for breakfast and soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch.  Of course, you can always expect to be treated to the best of deserts.

You will find them on the mezzanine next door to the Library Friends' Shop.  They are open weekdays from 9 am-4 pm. 

Downtown Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library Branch Named Busiest

by The Cincinnati Team


Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public LibraryCincinnati Public Library's Downtown Branch named Busiest in North America     
What a surprise...sometimes statistics are thrown out that you didn't know anyone even took the trouble to calculate!  The downtown branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County  was the busiest in North America.
About 6 million books and other materials were borrowed...34% of the items borrowed in the entire system.   This ranked them first in the survey recently completed by the Public Library Association.
Total, 17.6 million items were borrowed throughout the system. Overall, the system is ranked eighth busiest in circulation in North America.  It was compared to 1300 other systems in the United States and Canada.  It was also the busiest year ever for the Cincinnati libraries locally, up 8 percent over last year.
Why has circulation increased so much? Staff at the library point to changes to respond to patron (customer) needs and requests. Improvements include optimized layout of space, increased programming, and 100 added computers.  Amazing what happens when even a non-profit is listening to its customer!


Help the Library Set a "Red" Record - May 21  Red Mascot

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Channel 12's Bob Herzog and the Cincinnati Reds are teaming up for the "World's Largest RED Card Dance Party" on Fountain Square.  On Monday, May 21st at noon, bring your RED Library card to the Square.  Help the Library set a record of the most people holding up RED cards in one spot.  You will be eligible to win one of 20 pairs of Reds tickets or a Sony e-reader.  Expect Reds players, the Red Rover, and Gapper to be on hand.  Additionally, starting May 7th, cardholders can get half price tickets for the Reds vs. Braves game on May 21st. by going to  

Library Receives Highest Rankings

by The Cincinnati Team

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has received four major designations in the past year that recognize its stature in the country's libraries.  Most recently, the Library Journal's Index of Public Library Service named it a Star Library.

What is a Star Library?  It is one of the 258 libraries out of 7,407 public libraries in America chosen for this prestigious award.  The scores received by the libraries rated per capita service output statistics in Library visits, circulation, program attendance, and public library use.

Additionally, the Library was ranked seventh among libraries serving populations of 500,000 or more by Hennen's. It is generally agreed that the Hennen's top ranked public libraries are considered the best in the nation.Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library

The American Library Association also ranked Cincinnati's public library in the top ten for collection size.  It is one of only three in the tip ten that are public libraries.  Others include the Library of Congress, Harvard University and the New York Public Library...indeed significant competition!

The number of items checked out from public libraries is also ranked.  In 2009, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County again place in the top ten.  There were over 16 million items borrowed.  It is worthy of note that many of the other libraries in the top ten in circulation are significantly larger that the Hamilton County areas.

Best of all, Cincinnati's library is the only library in the country to be ranked in the Top Ten by all of the library ratings, Hennen, Star, busiest circulation and Largest collection. 

Cincinnati Ranked 9th Most Literate City

by The Cincinnati Team

Once again Cincinnati has been rated by Central Connecticut State University as a highly literate city.  The ninth place ranking is attributable to the combination of local library resources, number of bookstores, Internet resources and educational attainment.  The study speculates that the combination of Fortune 500 companies, the thriving arts community and density of colleges and universities and hospitals all create a core population that values books and the written word.

Reading in CincinnatiDid you know that Cincinnati is tied for third nationally for the number of booksellers per 10,000 residents?  Plus, the Hamilton county voters showed their belief in the value of books when they supported the tax levy to maintain services at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton county. Both of these statistics add to Cincinnati's clout.

Seattle, Washington, D.C., Minneapolis and Boston all ranked ahead of Cincinnati.

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