Library Services are Ramping Up in Cincinnati – Here’s What’s To Expect

Our local libraries were, of course, closed (and some remain closed) this past Spring. But there does appear to be a light at the end of our “nothing left to read” tunnel!

Cincinnati area library services are slowly starting to reopen. Whether you head inside the building or opt for curbside pickup – it feels amazing to finally be able to get our hands on some new reads!

And can I just stop here and say: We have all missed you, libraries and library staffs!!! We can’t wait to see you!

Keep an eye on this post – bookmark it even! We’ll keep it updated as new library news arrives.

Last updated: June 23, 2020

All locations (excluding Price Hill) are accepting returns via the book drops.

CURBSIDE PICKUP is available at: Anderson, Blue Ash, Clifton, Delhi, Green Township, Hyde Park, Loveland, North Central, Oakley, Sharonville, Symmes Township, Walnut Hills, and Wyoming.

DRIVE-THRU SERVICE is available at: Anderson, Covedale, Groesbeck, Harrison, Reading, and the Downtown Main Library.

All locations are hoping to be open by mid-July, excluding the Price Hill branch which is closed for renovations until 2021.

IN-PERSON SERVICES are currently scheduled to resume as follows:

  • June 15: Downtown Main Library – 1st floor only, with limited use and capacity 
  • June 22: Avondale, College Hill, St. Bernard, Mariemont, Monfort Heights  
  • June 29: Forest Park, Madisonville, Pleasant Ridge, Westwood, West End  
  • July 6: Anderson, Blue Ash, Covedale, Green Township, Groesbeck, Harrison, Loveland, Madeira, Mt. Washington, Symmes 
  • July 13: Bond Hill, Cheviot, Clifton, Corryville, Deer Park, Delhi, Miami Township, Northside, Norwood, Reading, Sharonville
  • July 20: Hyde Park, Oakley, Walnut Hills, Wyoming 
  • TBD: Elmwood Place, Greenhills, Mt. Healthy, and North Central

Keep up with the news from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County here.


The library is now OPEN with updated hours:

  • Monday: 4-8 PM
  • Tuesday: 4-8 PM
  • Wednesday: 2-6 PM
  • Thursday: 2-6 PM
  • Friday: 1-5 PM
  • Saturday: 1-5 PM

PLEASE NOTE that the first hour of each day is reserved for visitors ages 60 and over and those who are considered higher risk for COVID-19.

RETURNS are accepted via exterior bins. No donations are being accepted at this time.

CURBSIDE PICKUP is available by appointment. Please call ahead to schedule a pick-up time.

The number of PUBLIC COMPUTERS has been reduced to help maintain safe social distancing, and can be used for up to 45 minutes. Please consider calling your local branch ahead of time to make a reservation.

Please watch Facebook and their site for all Library updates.


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The following LOCATIONS REOPENED on Wednesday, June 17 with limited services: Middletown, Trenton and West Chester. These branches will be open Mondays through Thursdays, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and Saturdays, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Liberty and Monroe locations (and book returns) remain closed for the time being.  

BOOK RETURNS are accepted via exterior book drops at all open locations.

COMPUTER ACCESS is limited to one 45-minute session a day. The last computer sessions will begin one hour before closing. 

CURBSIDE SERVICE is available at the Middletown, Trenton, and West Chester locations on Mondays-Thursdays and Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

CONTACTLESS HOLD PICK UP is also available through MidPointe’s SmartLockers, located at Liberty Center and the Wayne Township Administration Building.

Keep up to date with the Midpointe Library System news here.


The library is currently closed until further notice.

BOOK RETURNS are now accepted in the book drops.

HOLDS PICK UP will begin June 29. Place holds online, then the library will call you when it is ready and arrange a 1-hour time slot for you to pick up your hold.

Keep up to date with the Mason Public Library news here.


ALL BRANCHES are currently open on the following schedule:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 11 AM – 7 PM (Please reserve 11 AM – 12 PM for at-risk patrons)
  • Saturday: 1-5 PM

Beginning June 29, the branches will operate on the following schedule:

  • Monday: 11 AM – 7 PM (Alexandria location closed)
  • Tuesday: 11 AM – 7 PM
  • Wednesday: 11 AM – 7 PM
  • Thursday: 11 AM – 7 PM
  • Friday: 11 AM – 7 PM
  • Saturday: 1-5 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Please reserve 11AM – 12PM Monday-Friday for at-risk patrons.

RETURNS are being accepted. Please use the red item return bins outside of the branches to return all library materials.

FINES for overdue materials will continue to be waived until further notice.

CURBSIDE PICKUP is available. Place a hold online, then you will receive a notification by phone, text, email or postal mail when your holds are available. Pickup times are Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 11 AM – 7 PM and Saturdays 1-5PM. Get more information about curbside pickup here.

COMPUTER USE is limited to allow for social distancing. Laptops are available to use at the Alexandria and Carrico/Fort Thomas branches. All computer use is limited to one hour per visit. Make a reservation for a computer by calling ahead or submitting a reservation online. You must have a physical library card in order to make a reservation.

Keep up to date with the Campbell County Public Library news here.


Beginning Monday, June 8, ALL LOCATIONS will be open with modified hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 9 AM – 7 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Please note: The first hour of each weekday is reserved for seniors age 60+ and those higher risked individuals.

DRIVE THRU SERVICE will be open during business hours to pick up holds.

RETURNS are now accepted at book drops.

COMPUTER USE is limited to 1 hour, and fewer terminals will be available due to social distancing guidelines.

Please check www.kentonlibrary.org for ongoing library updates. 


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