On April 21, the The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
will break ground on three new branches in Clifton
, Reading and St. Bernard. The locations are expected to open spring or summer 2015.
All three locations will have expanded collections, computer labs, meeting/program rooms, individual study rooms, maker space and self-check stations. Staff will serve customers using mobile devices, and the buildings will be designed for energy efficiency.
The new Clifton branch, which will be located at 3400 Brookline Ave. in Parkside Manor, will be 10,000 square feet, and will replace the current 2,500-square-foot storefront on Ludlow. It will feature on-site parking and the library’s first outdoor lockers for after-hours hold pickups.
Reading’s new location will be situated on Reading Road across from Southern Avenue. The new 12,000-square-foot space will replace the current 2,000-square-foot storefront, and will have drive-up services and on-site parking.
The new 8,000-square-foot St. Bernard location at the intersection of Vine Street and McClelland Avenue will replace the current 2,000-square-foot space in the St. Bernard Municipal Center. Although there won’t be on-site parking, the library did purchase a nearby lot for customer parking.
The new branches are part of the library’s $11.7 million facilities plan.
By Caitlin Koenig
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