Cincinnati’s first Carnegie Library reopens

CINCINNATI — The area’s first Carnegie Library – and the first-ever Library branch – is reopening after more than $12 million renovation and expansion. 

The Walnut Hills Branch Library on Kemper Lane will reopen to the public at 10 a.m. Thursday with a ribbon cutting after a 17-month renovation project.  

WHO:  Community members, local officials, Library leaders 
WHAT:  Short press conference, followed by a ribbon cutting, then Branch tours 

*Mult box available for pre-opening remarks 

WHEN:  10 a.m. Thursday, October 20, 2022 
WHERE:  2533 East Kemper Lane 

Cincinnati, Ohio 45206 

*Caution: Map directions could lead to an address in Sharonville. 

Improvements include an addition more than doubling the Branch’s square footage and making the former shuttered lower level usable again. The Cincinnati & Hamilton County Library, or CHPL, Branch also becomes fully accessible. Entering the 1906-built branch – which had never received any significant improvements in its nearly 106-year history – was made prohibitive with no wheelchair ramps and a steep, concrete stair front stoop. Improvements include: 

  • Doubled the Branch size to approximately 23,000 square feet 
  • Fully accessible for all public areas 
  • Restoring the city of Cincinnati seal in the tile floor 
  • Seven small- or medium-sized meeting/study rooms and a large community room
  • A 99-person capacity room in the re-opened basement 
  • A new CHPL-owned parking lot across from the Branch