Featured Exhibits

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. Online exhibit, opens a new window | View Episodes, opens a new window

In January 1937, the people of Cincinnati experienced what would become the worst natural disaster in the city’s history. View the impact of this historic flood through an interactive online experience featuring rare photos, interviews, and more sourced from CHPL's Digital Library. Online exhibit, opens a new window

The Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library is fortunate to own one of the few intact copies of John James Audubon’s Birds of America. Online exhibit | Learn more or plan a visit

Coordinated by the Library of Congress (LOC), the Veterans History Project calls for Americans to play a personal role in preserving the nation’s history by collecting first-hand accounts of those who defended the United States during wartime. Online exhibit, opens a new window | YouTube interviews, opens a new window

On September 24, 1848, Charles Fontayne and William S. Porter set up their camera on a rooftop in Newport, Kentucky and panned across the Ohio River capturing on eight separate daguerreotype plates a panorama of the nation's sixth largest city, Cincinnati.

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Valerio book fountain

Amelia Valerio Weinberg Memorial Fountain

The fountain is located on the Vine Street plaza in front of the Main Library. Affectionately known as the "book fountain," it was conceived and executed by former Cincinnati sculptor Michael Frasca.

Louise Nevelson sculpture Sky Landscape

Louise Nevelson Sculpture

The 8th & Walnut Street entrance to the Main Library is flanked by “Sky Landscape II,” a major public sculpture by world-renowned artist Louise Nevelson (1899–1988).

When the original Main Library opened to the public in 1874, three beautiful, intricate stained glass windows graced one of the reading rooms in the building. The windows are now on display for the appreciation and enjoyment of our customers and staff.

Past Exhibits


Innovation Through Collaboration

Explore the ideas & partnerships of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin & Leonardo da Vinci through CHPL's Rare Books Collection.

Browse Hundreds of School Yearbooks on the Digital Library

Help complete CHPL’s digital collection of local and regional high school yearbooks by donating yours today.

Lincoln Memorabilia on Exhibit at Downtown Main Library

The Library is exhibiting its collection of Lincoln letters and memorabilia in the Cincinnati Room.

19th Century Black Cincinnatians you should know

19th Century Black Cincinnatians you should know

Women's Suffrage in Ohio

Ohio Women Vote: 100 Years of Change, an exhibit about women's suffrage in our region, is on view at the Downtown Main Library.

8 things about Cincinnati’s cinematic history

8 things you probably didn’t know about Cincinnati’s cinematic history

Birds of a Feather exhibition at Cincinnati Museum Center

In the Audubon Tradition: Birds of a Feather exhibition at the Cincinnati Museum Center

‘Unbound’ exhibit at Main Library extends run into 2020

Unbound exhibit, featuring the writings and art of people who have experienced incarceration and are re-entering society, continues in 2020.

Hidden Gem: The Library’s USS Cincinnati exhibit

Hidden Gem: The Library’s USS Cincinnati exhibit

Unbound exhibit is writing, art by those re-entering society

Unbound exhibit features the writings and art of people who have experienced incarceration and are re-entering our communities.

Unbound: Writing & Art from Cincinnati’s Returning Citizens

The Office of Reentry and Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana host this powerful exhibit of art by people who are or were incarcerated.

Real Art for Young Artists: Rosemary Wells Exhibition

Real Art for Young Artists: The Art of Rosemary Wells Exhibition

Author Rosemary Wells exhibits her watercolor art at Library

Children’s book author-illustrator Rosemary Wells gives children the chance to experience original art through a a long-term loan exhibit.

My journey to claim American citizenship

Greater Cincinnati Chinese Cultural Exchange Association Chair Felicity Tao discusses her hard-won journey to become an American citizen.

CBAS artists creations in exhibit's 20th anniversary show

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Cincinnati Book Arts Society’s art exhibition Bookworks, which can be viewed at the Library.

Library highlights lantern slide collection in new exhibit

'The World Illuminated: Highlights of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s Lantern Slide Collection'
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