The History of CHPL

View high-resolution digital photos, interviews of former library staff, original documentation, and more capturing the legacy of the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library.

Featured Exhibits

Once known as one of 19th century America's most celebrated writers Lafcadio Hearn spent nearly a decade living in Cincinnati.

Using original newspapers, photographs, handwritten letters, and rare books, this exhibit follows the literary, spiritual, and geographical journeys of this restless and complicated spirit.

From 1997 to 2017, Cincinnatians tuning in to Local 12 WKRC-TV each week saw the familiar face of host Dan Hurley on the set of “Local 12 Newsmakers.” View full, unedited episodes in this engaging virtual experience about our local civic landscape.

Between 1872 and 1894, five inclined plane railroads were constructed in Cincinnati, lifting residents of the city were eager to escape the industrial smog and cramped living conditions of the basin to the city's scenic hilltops. Get a new view of Cincinnati and the iconic "inclines" through an interactive online experience featuring rare photos, interviews, and more.

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