The library can be overwhelming
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, founded in 1853, is the oldest public library west of the Allegheny Mountains. Since 1870 the library system's central library was housed on Vine Street, originally at 629 Vine Street. The Main Library remained there for eighty-five years until it moved in 1955 to the corner of Eighth and Vine Streets.
In 1955, when the Cincinnati Public Library opened the first post-war main library building in the U.S. Located at the corner of Eighth and Vine Streets, the building was designed by noted Cincinnati architect Woodie Garber and was widely recognized for its contemporary design and use of open space. The 1955 building, dedicated to Hamilton County residents who were killed in World War I, World War II and the Korean War, today serves as the cornerstone of the present Main Library complex.