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

Summer Warehouse Sale
8456 Vine Street (Hartwell)
Thursday, August 18, 10 am - 7:30 pm
Friday, August 19, 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday, August 20, 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday, August 21, 12 noon - 5pm
Please Note: There is NO BAG DAY at this Sale

See Book Sales for more information.

Friends COLOR-IN at Main on the Mezz
July 30, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Do you like to draw, color or create images? Then come to The Friends COLOR-IN on Saturday, July 30, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on the mezzanine level of the Main Library (800 Vine Street, Downtown). This event is open to adults and children of all ages.

Bring your own materials or purchase the art supplies you might need at The Friends Shop. Small worktables will be covered with paper outside The Friends Shop on the mezzanine level. You can choose the color to work in: pastels, neutrals, brights, clear colors or black and white.

The Friends Shop has many art supplies you might need and coloring materials you may not know about for sale: gelly roll pens, artistic pencils, markers, colored pencils, Le Pens, Color-A-Ble posters, greeting cards, post cards, coloring books, journals, pocket pads and calendars. If you purchase art supplies during the COLOR-IN, you will receive a special gift (with a minimum purchase).

The Friends also will make available a limited amount of color pages, blank sheets, markers, and colored pencils for you to use at no charge during the COLOR-IN.

From now until July 29, you can digitally send a copy of the favorite work which you have already created to or drop off a copy at The Friend Shop (be sure your name and correct phone number are written legibly on the back in pencil). Your artwork might show up on our Facebook page before the July 30 COLOR-IN!

Create Passionately - Express Yourself - Color Freely - Design With Your Line - Shade As You Please. You can do all this and more at The Friends COLOR-IN on July 30 on the mezzanine level of the Main Library!

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-tape/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, MasterCard or Visa.

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.”