Current Services During COVID-19
Learn about Library services available during COVID-19.
Our locations are now operating with expanded hours.
Most locations offer a mix of the access options below.
Yes, we're open! In-person library services are available at all of the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library's 41 locations. Customers have access to computers, printers, and faxes, meeting and study rooms, as well as the ability to browse and pick up holds. Visit our Library Restart page for the latest hours and information about our drive-thru, curbside, and in-building services.
Yes. The Library’s Virtual Information Center is currently open for chat and calls 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m.–5 p.m. Sunday. You can send an email at any time and staff will respond as soon as they are able. You also can schedule My Librarian one-on-one appointments.
During the Aug. 10, 2021 meeting of the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library Board of Trustees, board members agreed to end the practice of issuing fines for overdue items. This change goes into effect Sept. 26, 2021..
In lieu of late fees, the Library locks a customer’s account if any item is 12 days overdue, meaning no additional print items can be checked out until either the overdue item is returned or the customer has paid the replacement fee for it. Customer accounts will also be blocked from renewing or placing holds until the overdue item is resolved.
Read more in this FAQ answer.
Page last updated January 29, 2022
We're committed to a safe, realistic, and community-oriented approach to serving you during the pandemic.
As the vaccine becomes more widely available, the Library has restored services in a phased approach. Currently, we are observing the following policies: