The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is one of the oldest and busiest in the nation - with nearly half a million cardholders. Our Library provides valuable services in every neighborhood and community with 41 locations across Hamilton County. Issue 3 on the May 8th ballot is necessary to ensure this vital community asset can continue to serve residents of all ages with the facilities, materials, and services they value and need.

Our Library is Important.

Eighty percent of Hamilton County households have at least one library cardholder.
Our Library helps support small business and our local economy with job searches, meeting rooms, and online classes and training.
Our Library's circulation of digital items is among the highest in the nation.
Our Library provides nearly 20,000 free programs each year for residents of all ages.
Every year, thousands of children come to our libraries for homework help and reading programs.
Forty branches and the Main Library downtown add to our quality of life and support lifelong learning.

Keep it Strong.

Our Library’s state funding has been cut by 26% since 2000, and – during that same time – circulation has increased 60%.
Our Library currently has the lowest local funding of any major library system in the state.
Issue 3 is less than $3 a month per $100,000 of property value and is needed for our Library’s operating and facility needs, including:
  • Providing each community with a branch that is well maintained and up to date
  • Purchasing enough books, reference materials, CDs, DVDs, and other materials for customers
  • Continuing programs and services like homework help, summer reading, and help for residents looking for jobs
  • Repairing and replacing roofs, windows, and brickwork that have been put off because of lack of funding
  • Ensuring all 40 branches are handicap accessible and renovating the Main Library downtown
  • Providing computers, Internet access, and digital materials to meet customers’ needs.

Please take the time to find out how you can help support Issue 3 by signing up to volunteer, making a donation, ordering a yard sign, and - most importantly - voting for Issue 3 beginning April 10th!