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Ohio Hamilton County Public Libraries

We are providing a comprehensive directory of public libraries in Hamilton County, OH. This list includes library formal name, street address, postal code, phone number and how many books are available. Check the following list to see all public libraries in Ohio Hamilton County.
1. Branch Library ANDERSON BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 7450 State RD., Cincinnati, OH 45230
Phone Number: (513) 369-6030 Hamilton N/A N/A

2. Branch Library AVONDALE BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 3656 Reading RD., Cincinnati, OH 45229
Phone Number: (513) 369-4440 Hamilton N/A N/A

3. Branch Library BLUE ASH BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 4911 Cooper RD., Blue Ash, OH 45242
Phone Number: (513) 369-6051 Hamilton N/A N/A

4. Branch Library BOND HILL BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 1703 Dale RD., Cincinnati, OH 45237
Phone Number: (513) 369-4445 Hamilton N/A N/A

5. Branch Library CHEVIOT BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 3711 Robb Ave, Cheviot, OH 45211
Phone Number: (513) 369-6015 Hamilton N/A N/A

6. Library System CINCINNATI AND HAMILTON COUNTY, PL OF
800 Vine ST., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone Number: (513) 369-6900 Hamilton 14,344,449 3,373,396

7. Central Library CINCINNATI AND HAMILTON COUNTY, PL OF
O800 Vine ST.--LIBRARY Square, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone Number: (513) 369-6000 Hamilton N/A N/A

8. Branch Library CLIFTON BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 351 Ludlow AVE., Cincinnati, OH 45220
Phone Number: (513) 369-4447 Hamilton N/A N/A

9. Branch Library COLLEGE HILL BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 1400 W North Bend RD., Cincinnati, OH 45224
Phone Number: (513) 369-6036 Hamilton N/A N/A

10. Branch Library CORRYVILLE BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 2802 Vine ST., Cincinnati, OH 45219
Phone Number: (513) 369-6034 Hamilton N/A N/A

11. Branch Library COVEDALE BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 4908 Heuwerth AVE., Cincinnati, OH 45238
Phone Number: (513) 369-4460 Hamilton N/A N/A

12. Branch Library DEER PARK BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 3970 E. Galbraith RD., Deer Park, OH 45236
Phone Number: (513) 369-4450 Hamilton N/A N/A

13. Branch Library DELHI HILLS BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 5095 Foley RD., Cincinnati, OH 45238
Phone Number: (513) 369-6019 Hamilton N/A N/A

14. Branch Library ELMWOOD PLACE BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 6120 Vine ST., Cincinnati, OH 45216
Phone Number: (513) 369-4452 Hamilton N/A N/A

15. Branch Library FOREST PARK BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 655 Waycross RD., Forest Park, OH 45240
Phone Number: (513) 369-4478 Hamilton N/A N/A

16. Branch Library GREEN TOWNSHIP REGIONAL BRANCH
Street Address: 6525 Bridgetown RD., Cincinnati, OH 45248
Phone Number: (513) 369-6095 Hamilton N/A N/A

17. Branch Library GREENHILLS BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 7 Endicott ST., Greenhills, OH 45218
Phone Number: (513) 369-4441 Hamilton N/A N/A

18. Branch Library GROESBECK BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 2994 Galbraith RD., Cincinnati, OH 45237
Phone Number: (513) 369-4454 Hamilton N/A N/A

19. Branch Library HARRISON BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 300 George ST., Harrison, OH 45202
Phone Number: (513) 369-4442 Hamilton N/A N/A

20. Branch Library HYDE PARK BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 2747 Erie AVE., Cincinnati, OH 45208
Phone Number: (513) 364-4456 Hamilton N/A N/A

21. Branch Library LINCOLN PARK BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 805 Ezzard Charles DR., Cincinnati, OH 45203
Phone Number: (513) 369-6026 Hamilton N/A N/A

22. Branch Library LOVELAND BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 649 Loveland-madeira RD., Loveland, OH 45140
Phone Number: (513) 369-4476 Hamilton N/A N/A

23. Branch Library MADEIRA BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 7200 Miami AVE., Madeira, OH 45243
Phone Number: (513) 369-6028 Hamilton N/A N/A

24. Branch Library MADISONVILLE BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 4830 Whetsel AVE., Cincinnati, OH 45227
Phone Number: (513) 369-6029 Hamilton N/A N/A

25. Branch Library MARIEMONT BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 3810 Pocahontas Ave, Mariemont, OH 45227
Phone Number: (513) 369-4467 Hamilton N/A N/A

26. Branch Library MIAMI TOWNSHIP BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 8 N. Miami, Cleves, OH 45002
Phone Number: (513) 369-6050 Hamilton N/A N/A

27. Branch Library MONFORT HEIGHTS BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 3825 W. Fork RD., Cincinnati, OH 45247
Phone Number: (513) 369-4472 Hamilton N/A N/A

28. Branch Library MOUNT HEALTHY BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 7608 Hamilton AVE., Cincinnati, OH 45231
Phone Number: (513) 369-4469 Hamilton N/A N/A

29. Branch Library MOUNT WASHINGTON BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 2049 Beechmont AVE., Cincinnati, OH 45230
Phone Number: (513) 369-6033 Hamilton N/A N/A

30. Branch Library NORTH CENTRAL REGIONAL BRANCH
Street Address: 11109 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45231
Phone Number: (513) 369-6068 Hamilton N/A N/A

31. Branch Library NORTHSIDE BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 4219 Hamilton AVE., Cincinnati, OH 45223
Phone Number: (513) 369-4449 Hamilton N/A N/A

32. Branch Library NORWOOD BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 4325 Montgomery RD., Norwood, OH 45212
Phone Number: (513) 369-6037 Hamilton N/A N/A

33. Branch Library OAKLEY BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 4033 Gilmore Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45209
Phone Number: (513) 369-6038 Hamilton N/A N/A

34. Branch Library PLEASANT RIDGE BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 6233 Montgomery RD., Cincinnati, OH 45213
Phone Number: (513) 369-4488 Hamilton N/A N/A

35. Branch Library PRICE HILL BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 3215 Warsaw AVE., Cincinnati, OH 45205
Phone Number: (513) 369-4490 Hamilton N/A N/A

36. Branch Library READING BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 301 W. Benson ST., Reading, OH 45215
Phone Number: (513) 369-4465 Hamilton N/A N/A

37. Branch Library ROSELAWN BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 7617 Reading RD., Cincinnati, OH 45237
Phone Number: (513) 369-6045 Hamilton N/A N/A

38. Branch Library SHARONVILLE BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 11096 Reading RD., Cincinnati, OH 45241
Phone Number: (513) 369-6049 Hamilton N/A N/A

39. Branch Library ST. BERNARD BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 4803 Tower AVE., ST. Bernard, OH 45217
Phone Number: (513) 369-4462 Hamilton N/A N/A

40. Branch Library SYMMES TOWNSHIP REGIONAL BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 11850 E. Enyart RD., Loveland, OH 45140
Phone Number: (513) 369-6001 Hamilton N/A N/A

41. Branch Library WALNUT HILLS BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 2533 Kemper Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45206
Phone Number: (513) 369-6053 Hamilton N/A N/A

42. Branch Library WESTWOOD BRANCH LIBRARY
Street Address: 3345 Epworth AVE., Cincinnati, OH 45211
Phone Number: (513) 369-4474 Hamilton N/A N/A

43. Branch Library WYOMING BRANCH
Street Address: 500 Springfield PK., Wyoming, OH 45215
Phone Number: (513) 369-6014 Hamilton N/A N/A

Overview of Hamilton County, Ohio

Hamilton County is a county of the state of Ohio, located in the southwest corner of the state. The county seat is Cincinnati, and as of 2000, the population is 845,303 which made it the third largest county in Ohio. The county is named for Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton.

History

Most of Hamilton County was originally owned and surveyed by John Cleves Symmes, and the region was a part of the Symmes Purchase. The first settlers came down the Ohio River in 1788, and established the towns of Losantiville (later Cincinnati) and Cleves.

In 1790, Hamilton County was organized as the second county in the Northwest Territory. At that time its area included about an eighth of Ohio, and had 2,000 inhabitants (not counting Native Americans). Since then, other counties have been organized and its area reduced to its current size. Rapid growth occurred during the 1830s and 1840s as the area became a magnet for German and Irish immigrants.

During the Civil War, Morgan's Raid (a Confederate cavalry assault) passed through the northern part of the county in 1863.

Law and government

Counties in Ohio do not possess home rule powers but can do only what has been expressly authorized by the Ohio General Assembly. Like eighty-six other counties (the exception is Summit), the county has the following elected officials, as provided by statute:

  • Three county commissioners (the Board of Commissioners): Control budget; approve zoning; approve annexations to cities and villages; set overall policy; oversee departments under their control
  • County auditor: Values property for taxation; issues dog, kennel, and cigarettelicenses; issues licenses for retailers for sales tax purposes; inspects scales, pumps, etc., used in commerce to see that they are accurate
  • County clerk of court of common pleas: Keeps filings of lawsuitsand orders of the county court of common pleas; records titles for motor vehicles
  • County coroner: Determines causes of deathin certain cases; is the only person with the power to arrest the sheriff.
  • County engineer: Maintains county roadsand land maps
  • Prosecuting attorney: Prosecutes feloniesand is the legal advisor to all other county officials and departments
  • County recorder: Keeps all landrecords, including deeds, surveys, mortgages, easements, and liens
  • County treasurer: Collects taxes, invests county money, provide financial oversight to municipalities and school districts in the county
  • County sheriff: Chief law enforcement officer, polices areas without local police; runs the county jail; acts as officer of the local courts (transporting prisoners, serving subpoenas, acting as bailiff, etc.)

All of these officials are elected to four-year terms in November of even-numbered years after being nominated in partisan primary elections. One commissioner and the auditor are elected in the same year as the governor in one cycle; the other two commissioners and the other officials are elected in the same year as the president of the United States. The clerk, coroner, prosecutor, recorder, and sheriff begin their terms on the first Monday in January. The auditor's term begins on the second Monday in March. The treasurer's term begins on the first monday in September. The commissioner who is elected with the governor begins his term on January 1. Of the other two seats, one term begins on January 2 and the second on January 3.

Any citizen of Ohio and the United States who is eighteen years of age or older and lives in the county may run for commissioner, auditor, treasurer, clerk of courts, or recorder. The other offices have specific additional requirements: candidates for prosecutor must be licensed to practice law; candidates for coroner must be licensed to practice medicine for two years; candidates for engineer must be both licensed surveyors and engineers; and candidates for sheriff must have certain education and supervisory experience in law enforcement.

If a vacancy arises, it is filled by the county central committee of the political party to which the former official belonged, i.e., the Republicans appoint someone to an office held by a Republican and the Democrats to an office held by a Democrat. If an office becomes vacant before the November election in the even-numbered year midway through the term, the appointee must run in a special election for the remainder of the term. If the office becomes vacant after then, the appointment is for the remainder of the term.

The Board of County Commissioners is the combined executive and legislative branch of county government but as their control over the independently elected officials is limited, there is effectively no real executive. However, one of the members of the board is named president of the board. The commissioners receive a full-time salary, but commissioners often have full-time occupations on the side. The board also employs a clerk to record its proceedings. Since 1963, it has employed an administrator to run the day-to-day operations of the county. As of 2005, the commissioners are Pat DeWine, Phil Heimlich, and Todd Portune. Heimlich was elected in 2002, replacing Tom Neyer, Jr., who was president from 1999 through 2002.

The board of commissioners often create numerous subordinate departments to handle specific services. These vary from county to county; among the most common are departments for building and zoning, health, economic development, water and sewer service, and emergency management.

There is also a county educational service center (previously known as the county board of education) presided over by a board of education, typically numbering five members, elected to staggered four-year terms in non-partisan elections in odd-numbered years. The center supplies services to the individual school districts in the county and exercises some limited control over the class of school districts known as "local school districts." ("City school districts" and "exempted village school districts" are free from any oversight by the county board.) Counties also have a board of mental retardation and developmental disabilities to educate disabled children. The members of this board are appointed.

Elections are administered in each county by a four-member board of elections which consists of two Republicans and two Democrats appointed by the Ohio Secretary of State at the recommendation of each county party. The board employs a director, who must be of the opposing political party of the chairman of the board of elections, and a deputy director, who must be of the political party of the chairman of the board.

The county has a court of common pleas, which is the court of first instance for felonies and certain high-value civil cases. All judges in Ohio are elected to six-year terms in non-partisan elections after being nominated in partisan primaries.

See also Ohio county government.

Other elected officers include Dusty Rhodes (auditor), Joe Deters (prosecutor) and Simon L. Leis, Jr. (sheriff).

The county government had a budget (as of 2002) of $ 2.125 billion, debt of $ 1.388 trillion, and 6,249 employees.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,069 km˛ (413 mi˛). 1,055 km˛ (407 mi˛) of it is land and 14 km˛ (5 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 1.31% water.

Geographic Features

The county lies in a region of gentle hills formed by the slopes of the Ohio River valley and its tributaries. Besides the Ohio, the Great Miami River, the Little Miami River and the Mill Creek contribute to this system of hillsides and valleys. Some steep hillsides reflect rapid changes in elevation but are usually confined to the nature of one sided hills.

The county boundaries include the lowest point in Ohio, where the Ohio River passes the Indiana border.

Major Highways

Interstate 71, Interstate 74, Interstate 75, Interstate 471 and Interstate 275 serve the county.

Adjacent Counties

  • Butler County, Ohio- north
  • Warren County, Ohio- northeast
  • Clermont County, Ohio- east
  • Boone County, Kentucky- southeast
  • Kenton County, Kentucky- south
  • Campbell County, Kentucky- southwest
  • Dearborn County, Indiana- west

Demographics

As of 2000, there are 845,303 people, 346,790 households, and 212,582 families residing in the county. The population density is 801/km˛ (2,075/mi˛). There are 373,393 housing units at an average density of 354/km˛ (917/mi˛). The racial makeup of the county is 72.93% White, 23.43% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 1.61% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.51% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. 1.13% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 346,790 households out of which 30.20% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.40% are married couples living together, 14.30% have a female householder with no husband present, and 38.70% are non-families. 32.90% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.60% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.38 and the average family size is 3.07.

In the county the population is spread out with 25.80% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 29.70% from 25 to 44, 21.50% from 45 to 64, and 13.50% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 91.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 86.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $40,964, and the median income for a family is $53,449. Males have a median income of $39,842 versus $28,550 for females. The per capita income for the county is $24,053. 11.80% of the population and 8.80% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 16.20% of those under the age of 18 and 8.70% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Municipalities and communities

Cities Villages Census-designated places Townships
§ Blue Ash

§ Cheviot

§ Cincinnati

§ Deer Park

§ Forest Park

§ Harrison

§ Indian Hill

§ Loveland†

§ Madeira

§ Milford†

§ Montgomery

§ Mount Healthy

§ North College Hill

§ Norwood

§ Reading

§ Sharonville†

§ Silverton

§ Springdale

§ St. Bernard

§ Wyoming

§ Addyston

§ Amberley Village

§ Arlington Heights

§ Cleves

§ Elmwood Place

§ Evendale

§ Fairfax

§ Glendale

§ Golf Manor

§ Greenhills

§ Lincoln Heights

§ Lockland

§ Mariemont

§ Newtown

§ North Bend

§ Terrace Park

§ Woodlawn

§ Bridgetown North

§ Cherry Grove†

§ Covedale

§ Dent

§ Dillonvale

§ Dry Run

§ Finneytown

§ Forestville

§ Fruit Hill

§ Grandview

§ Groesbeck

§ Kenwood

§ Mack North

§ Mack South

§ Monfort Heights East

§ Monfort Heights South

§ Mount Healthy Heights

§ Northbrook

§ Northgate

§ Pleasant Run Farm

§ Pleasant Run

§ Sherwood

§ Turpin Hills

§ White Oak East

§ White Oak West

§ White Oak

§ Anderson

§ Colerain

§ Columbia

§ Crosby

§ Delhi

§ Green

§ Harrison

§ Miami

§ Mill Creek

§ Spingfield

§ Sycamore

§ Symmes

§ Whitewater

† Only partially in Hamilton County

Education

Public elementary and secondary education is provided by a number of independent school districts, supplemented by a county vocational school district. The parochial schools of various denominations add to this base. Among these the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati maintains a system of 108 elementary and 22 secondary schools, the ninth largest private system in the United States.

Colleges and universities

§ Art Academy of Cincinnati

§ Athenaeum of Ohio

§ College of Mount St. Joseph

§ Chatfield College

§ Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science

§ Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

§ God's Bible School and College

§ Hebrew Union College

§ ITT Technical Institute

§ Mount St. Mary's Seminary of the West

§ Union Institute and University

§ University of Cincinnati

§ Wilmington College

§ Xavier University

Recreation

The county, in cooperation with the city of Cincinnati, operates a public library system with a main library and 41 branches. Major sports teams are listed under the communities in which they are located, primarily Cincinnati. The County Park District maintains a series of preserves and educational facilities. There are three major parks within the system: Miami Whitewater Forest, Winton Woods, and Sharon Woods.

 


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