Friends of the Public Library
of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

· 8456 Vine Street (Hartwell) Cincinnati, OH 45216 · telephone: 513-369-6035 · email: ·

Friends of the Library are people like you who believe in and support the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Please visit our Facebook page and become a fan of The Friends!

Upcoming Book Sales

Winter Warehouse Sale
8456 Vine Street (Hartwell)
Thursday, January 12, 10 am - 7:30 pm
Friday, January 13, 2017, 10 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday, January 14, 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday, January 15, 12:00 noon - 5 pm

See Book Sales for more information.

History of the Public Library Discussion on Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 pm On The Mezzanine at The Main Library, Downtown

Friends volunteer and historian Diane McBride will discuss the history of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County on Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 on the mezzanine level at the Main Library, downtown, in the area just next to The Friends Shop.

Diana will share stories of the people who set up our wonderful Library and how it came to be the great institution it continues to be.

If you are planning to attend, please call 513-396-6035, and leave a message with your name, phone number and how many will be attending. We want to be sure we have enough seating for everyone who wants to hear this interesting and informative discussion.

After the discussion, you can kick-off your holiday shopping by visiting The Friends Shop to browse the wide array of items which will delight people of all ages on your gift list.

Work-Shop-Save Event at The Friends Shop on December 6, 5 - 8:30 pm

Back by popular demand, The Friend Shop at the Main Library downtown will host Work-Shop-Save on Tuesday, December 6 from 5 pm to 8:30 pm.

This is the perfect night for Up and Downtown dwellers, office workers and those who come downtown to shop or on business to browse, discover and save on memorable gifts for those on your gift holiday list. Special savings and deals will make a visit to the Shop definitely worth your while. Gift wrapping on all items is available for a small donation to The Friends.

Don’t drive to the mall. Stay parked where you are and walk or ride the Connector to the Main Library at 800 Vine Street.

Extended Shopping Hours at The Friends Shop During the Holiday Season; Holiday Weekends Shopping Includes Special Treats

The Friends Shop, located on the mezzanine level at the Main Library downtown, will have extended shopping hours during the holiday season.

Beginning on Monday, November 28 and running through Friday, December 23, the Shop will be open Mondays to Saturdays from 10 am to 6 pm, and on Sundays from 1pm to 5 pm.

During our Holiday Weekends shopping hours (Saturdays, 10 am - 6 pm and Sundays, 1 - 5 pm from December 3 through December 18), our staff and volunteers will be serving, coffee and cocoa plus other sweets for you to enjoy.

Come to The Friends Shop at the Main Library to browse the best collection of used books and media for gift giving. In addition, the Shop offers a variety of unusual items, including exclusive Audubon note cards, Friends commemorative mugs and historic stained glass library ornaments. Unique boxed and individual greeting cards also are available.

December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18: Holiday Weekend Shopping at The Friends Shop.

See Friends Shop for more information on items available at the Friends Shop.

Friends 12 Days of Christmas Savings Event

Visit and “LIKE” The Friends today on Facebook: @Friends.CincinnatiLibrary so you can stay informed about 12 Days of Christmas special savings events at The Friends Shop in the Main Library downtown.

Starting December 1 and running through December 23, The Friends Shop will post announcements every other day about select merchandise for sale at the Shop at a 25% savings for a 24 hour period. These 12 notifications will be on The Friends Facebook page and the Cincinnati Library Facebook page only.

Keep your eyes peeled for these special savings events!

On-Going Sales at The Friends Warehouse

The Friends Warehouse offers bargains for shoppers and readers of all ages throughout the year. The Warehouse is open to sales on:

  • Monday, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday, 10 am - 2 pm
  • Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm

Members of The Friends receive a 10% discount on all purchases made at the Warehouse. Join or renew today!

We offer gently used hardback and paperback books in every category of fiction and non-fiction, including children’s books. CDs, DVDs, video tapes, books-on-CD and record albums also are available for purchase. Our collection includes recent releases as well as hard-to-find older books and materials.

Shop for books by your favorite author or a DVD of a favorite movie. All items are sold at bargain prices and we accept cash, check, and major credit cards.

See Book Sales for more information.

Friends Shop at Main Library Offers Unique Items

The Friends Shop at the Main Library (800 Vine Street, Downtown) is filled with treasures for readers, writers, and gift-givers. In addition to a large selection of gently used books, videos, CDs and DVDs, the Friend Shop offers literary-themed products, books pertaining to Cincinnati and the surrounding area and unique greeting cards.

The Friends Shop is located on the mezzanine level of the Main Library and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.

See Friends' Shop for more information.

The Friends of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the Library make information and knowledge accessible to the communities it serves. The Friends purchases special library materials and equipment, and sponsors numerous programs throughout the year. Funds are generated by memberships, book and shop sales, and gifts and grants. Fifty Years of Friends, by Bob Vitz, “documents the journey of a fledgling organization that started in 1957 and has evolved into a dedicated group of civic-minded individuals determined to make a difference in the community on behalf of the Library that they cherish and love.”