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The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

800 Vine Street
Cincinnati OH 45202-2071
Phone: 513-369-6963
Alternate Phone: 513-369-6900

Area(s) Served: Hamilton County

Contracted Provider: Not Applicable


The Cincinnati Public Library provides a variety of services for people with special needs through its Outreach Services Department

Special services of interest to seniors or people with disabilities, may include:

Books to Your Door

The department provides monthly deliveries of library materials to Hamilton County nursing homes, assisted living facilities, correctional facilities, and other congregate living locations. The department supplies deposit collections for residents to share, activity director collections, and books for individuals. Residents may make special requests or have Outreach Services staff select materials for them based on their reading interests.

Books by Mail

Outreach Services mails library materials to individuals in Hamilton County living in their own homes or apartments who are unable to visit the library due to an illness or disability. Homebound residents should contact the department for additional information and to request a questionnaire they can fill out detailing their interests.

Senior Programs

The department provides programming for seniors at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. It also provides materials in a variety of formats for senior book clubs.

Materials for Nursing Home Activity Directors

Bifolkal program kits, videos, music, craft books, trivia, poetry, pictorials, and professional literature. Contact the department for a checklist of available materials. 

The Outreach Services Department can be reached at 513-369-6963.

The Library's Web site also has a special section dedicated to library users age 55 and older: Fifty-five +.

Talking Books
Free recorded books, magazines and playback equipment to eligible blind, visually impaired, physically handicapped, and reading disabled Ohio residents

Free Tax Assistance

The Library offers free tax assistance from American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) volunteers. The AARP service takes place on Fridays from 9:00 a.m.--3:00 p.m. from January 27 --April 13 in Room 2A of the Main Library. The service is for taxpayers 50 and over. For these taxpayers, volunteers will also assist in State of Ohio returns. Returns prepared by AARP volunteeers are filed electronically.

AARP tax assistance is by appointment only. For details or to schedule an appointment, contact the Information and Reference Department at 513-369-6900. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

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