Walnut Hills Project

Walnut Hills Project

Walnut Hills


Status: Complete
Completion Date: October 20, 2022
Improvement Category: Renovation & Expansion
Planning zone: Central
Estimated Investment: $12.3 million
Architect: Fishbeck
Construction Manager at Risk: Megen Construction
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The expanded and renovated Walnut Hills Branch Library is now open! CHPL's oldest branch and first Carnegie library is open for customers to enjoy since it began construction over a year ago.

The Cincinnati Preservation Association has awarded the Walnut Hill Branch Library its 2022 Excellence in Institutional Rehabilitation Award.

After receiving its first significant improvement since it's construction in 1906, the new branch includes:

  • Approximately 20,000 square feet to explore, doubling the Branch Library's size and making it CHPL's second largest Neighborhood Branch.
  • Full accessibility for all public service areas.
  • Adding seven small- and medium-sized meeting/study rooms and one larger community room.
  • The restoration of the large community space on the lower level for use with a 99-person capacity.
  • CHPL's first tablet kiosk, allowing customers to check out one of twelve iPads to use within the building.
  • Two, 24-bay laptop kiosks for in-branch use.
  • Multiple wireless and plug-in charging stations.
  • Upgrading the facility to Big Next Generation Library size, with a full range of traditional and contemporary library spaces and services.
  • Maintaining historic elements from the original Carnegie Library building, opens a new window.
  • Adding 40 parking spots for customers in a dedicated lot.

Find more information about this project in the Central Planning Zone, opens a new window Facility Master Plan document.

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Project Updates

Community Presentations

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Walnut Hills Branch Next Generation Library Blog Posts

Take a Virtual Tour of the Expanded Walnut Hills Branch

Explore the newly renovated, one-of-a-kind library with over 20,000 square feet of space for children, adults, and families to discover.

Join the Grand Reopening of the Expanded Walnut Hills Branch

Attend the reopening of CHPL’s second largest branch featuring new community spaces, technology, and accessibility improvements.

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