Cincinnati and Hamilton County Libraries to Temporarily Cut Hours

The Cincinnati and Hamilton County public library system is cutting the hours of operation at its 41 sites for several days and possibly longer, officials said Monday.

From Tuesday to Saturday, libraries will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to a statement.

Locations that have hours on Sundays will remain open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., officials said.

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The Virtual Library System Information Center will maintain regular hours and can be reached at 513-369-6900.

The opening hours of the virtual information center are:

  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
  • 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday.
  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

“The well-being of our staff and our community is important, and we will reassess January 7 to determine whether we need to extend temporary hours beyond January 8,” the statement said. “Thank you for your flexibility in these uncertain times.”

Also citing the well-being of staff amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in Greater Cincinnati, several institutions in the Cincinnati area have announced temporary closures.

Last week, the Cincinnati Art Museum announced that it would shut down operations Jan. 3-12 to give staff a chance to focus on health and wellness, with officials saying the pandemic has only contributed ‘indirectly at the break.

And the Taft Art Museum is halting all non-essential on-site operations from Jan.3 to 13 due to concerns over the pandemic.

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