Westside Libraries are getting a makeover

All information was submitted to the Cheviot Gazette by the Cincinnati Public Libary.

https://www.cincinnatilibrary.org/

https://www.cincinnatilibrary.org/NextGenerationLibrary/













The current Cheviot Branch Library was completed dedicated in 1962. It has received no significant updates or improvements since then. The Cheviot Branch facility has a multi-level design which makes for some service challenges. With steep grading surrounding the building, both levels are presently accessible from their respective parking, however, only stairs allow interior transition between the levels. The site constraints do not allow for much expansion and the site is constrained by park space and development surrounding. The neighboring park might allow an opportunity for a sustainable partnership. There is quite limited on-site parking and some additional community shared parking nearby. This branch is served by one metro route. The Cheviot Branch Library’s Area of Dominant Influence contains a population of 5,674. The meeting room with a 54-person capacity and public restrooms are housed on the lower level. This branch predominantly serves teens and tweens who spend the largest amount of time at the branch. Some adults spend time on public computers and some reading papers. Most are quick trips for materials on hold. There are often requests for technical assistance.


COMMUNITY INPUT

▪ Develop dynamic, engaging, and flexible spaces with particular

focus on programming, technology and social spaces for community use

▪ Delineate space by activity with particular focus on designated quiet/noisy spaces and technology (i.e. maker equipment)

▪ Improve accessibility

▪ Noted community interest in exploring the possibility of

relocation within the community


RECOMMENDATION

As a Design Project, it is recommended that the Cheviot Branch add an elevator tower onto the existing building, or creatively integrate one within the existing shell.

In addition, the existing spaces should undergo a major renovation to address

existing maintenance issues, service functionality, and accessibility concerns.


LONG-TERM VISION

Beyond the recommendations of this FMP, as additional funding becomes available, the Library may explore opportunities at this branch such as expanding or modifying the building to add a makerspace or additional technology as well as separate areas for children/teens/adults. Although it is not presently funded, the idea of replacing the current facility with a reimagined specialized branch has been explored and may work at this location. Cheviot and its surrounding communities are seeing developments like the Water Park feature at Harvest Home. Recent real estate sale has caused some loss of long-time businesses on Harrison Ave. The Library remains active and responsive as a long-standing member of an ever-growing community and will consider these and other surrounding developments as it engages in opportunities for growth. Once improvements are made to other branches in the West Zone, the Library will evaluate whether customer usage changes for Cheviot and consider making further improvements or tailoring spaces and services based on customers’ evolving needs.


































Built on a five-acre site, the Green Township Branch Library opened for service in January 1990. It has not received significant improvements since then. It is spacious; however, tall shelving and some of the interior layout make it less versatile than it could be. No barriers to public entry accessibility have been identified at this location. There is some opportunity on the presently owned land parcel for expansion. However, some of the site topography may present challenges. It has a somewhat grand vehicular entrance sequence on its robust site and a dedicated parking lot for library customers. This location is not served by any metro route. The Green Township Branch Library’s Area of Dominant Influence contains a population of 14,141. The Green Township branch houses a meeting room with a 70-person capacity as well as three study rooms. This branch predominantly serves many customers making quick visits to pick up materials on hold, and others who are using technology such as print/scan/fax and public computer/Wi-Fi access.


COMMUNITY INPUT

▪ Improve outdoor lighting in the parking lot

▪ Develop dynamic, engaging, flexible, and inclusive spaces with particular focus on elderly customers and parents who have children with special needs, as well as technology.

▪ Delineate spaces for kids/teens/adults with a particular focus on designated quiet/noisy spaces

▪ Utilize outdoor spaces more effectively by activating outdoor spaces (i.e. adding walking trails, outdoor furniture, etc.)


RECOMMENDATION

As the recipient of a Strategic Investment, the Green Township Branch has an opportunity to improve its existing facility and enhance service. A process led by Library staff with community input will identify how this investment should be made.


LONG-TERM VISION

Beyond the recommendations of this FMP, as additional funding becomes available, the Library may explore opportunities at this branch such as renovating the interior to have a more dynamic functionality for customers with various service needs. There may also be opportunities on-site for the expansion of public service spaces and parking. Green Township and its surrounding communities are seeing new sidewalk/bike trail developments. New businesses are coming to the area and similar residential developments to Greenshire Commons. The Library remains active and responsive as a long-standing member of an ever-growing community and will consider these and other surrounding developments as it engages in opportunities for growth.

















The current Westwood Branch Library was completed in 1931. This Spanish Mission-style facility was added to the National Register of Historic Buildings in 1974. In 2002, the branch underwent an extensive renovation and expansion project to include an entrance tower allowing a significant expansion as well as improved accessibility to its public entry and both service levels. Having been expanded in the past, some of the circulation through the building is somewhat awkward and difficult to navigate. Its multi-level design presents service challenges and its age limits its ability to support new service models and technology upgrades. There is no opportunity for expansion of the footprint of the building on its current site. This branch has a dedicated parking lot on site. Additional street parking is also available nearby. It is served by five metro routes.


The Westwood Branch Library’s Area of Dominant Influence contains a population of 9,603. It houses a dedicated meeting room on its lower level with a 70-person capacity. There are no study spaces available at this location. This branch predominantly serves individuals staying at the branch for extended visits and table space and power outlets are always at a premium.


COMMUNITY INPUT

▪ Develop dynamic, engaging, and flexible spaces with particular

focus on social spaces for community use and increased, more

accessible parking

▪ Delineate spaces for kids/teens/adults with a particular focus on

designated quiet/noisy spaces and accessibility

▪ Improve existing or create additional public restrooms


RECOMMENDATION

As the recipient of a Strategic Investment, the Westwood Branch has an opportunity to improve its existing facility and enhance service. A process led by Library staff with community input will identify how this investment should be made.


LONG-TERM VISION

Beyond the recommendations of this FMP, as additional funding becomes available, the Library may explore opportunities at this branch such as updating the existing elevator system. It is quite slow in function and not independently operable, as a staff member has to assist any customer using it. The branch would also benefit from reimagining the spaces housed in the basement including several underutilized staff and storage spaces and a carport area, which could be considered for renovation for possible additional public service space. Westwood and its surrounding communities are seeing Mercy High School converting to CPS Dater Montessori High School. The town hall has just been renovated with new outdoor spaces. The Library remains active and responsive as a long-standing member of an ever-growing community and will consider these and other surrounding developments as it engages in opportunities for growth. Once the nearby Price Hill and Delhi Branches are renovated and expanded into Next Generation-sized branches, the Library will evaluate whether customer usage changes for Westwood and consider making further improvements or tailoring spaces and services based on customers’ evolving needs.



The Delhi Township Branch Library was originally constructed in 1968 and expanded in 1999. The library is adjacent to the 50+ acre Delhi Park with many amenities including the close-by multi-purpose lodge building and parking. No barriers to public entry accessibility have been identified at this location, however, the interior layout is awkward and represents an outdated service model. The site does have dedicated parking on-site. Customer mapping and visitor counts show how this library already serves as a regional destination. This location is not served by any metro route at this time. The Delhi Township Branch Library’s Area of Dominant Influence contains a population of 13,840. There is not a meeting room, technology lab, maker space, or study rooms. The facility does incorporate a drive-up book drop which the community appreciates and would like to keep. This branch predominantly serves families visiting for storytime and middle schoolers in the afternoon. Adults regularly visit throughout the day.


COMMUNITY INPUT

▪ Develop dynamic, engaging, and flexible spaces with particular

focus on technology, social spaces for community use, and

community partnerships

▪ Delineate spaces for kids/teens/adults with a particular focus on

designated quiet/noisy spaces

▪ Noted community interest in drive-thru window service


RECOMMENDATION

As a Design Project, it is recommended that the Delhi Township branch be expanded. This is one of the few Library sites that can support a larger Next Generation library of approximately 20,000 – 25,000 SF. Due to the existing building’s age, condition, and extensive needs, a larger replacement is likely to be more cost-effective, more functional, and generate a longer-lasting investment than another renovation. Tearing down the old building and starting from scratch to use the parcel as efficiently as possible is an option to pursue. If possible, the library might acquire additional nearby land to expand into as well.

Presently, there are no pedestrian or vehicular connections between the library and the park. The Township has recently acquired a small privately held lot to the west of the branch library so that the park now bounds the library on two sides. If an agreement can be negotiated with the Township, there is the potential to adjust the site boundaries and expand and reorient the branch library and improve its visibility, accessibility, and interconnection with park and improve park access and overall community benefit.


LONG-TERM VISION

Beyond the recommendations of this FMP, as additional funding becomes available, the Library may explore opportunities at this branch such as local partnerships and collaborations. This branch is intended to flex with a changing community while maintaining status as a regular and cherished local destination and resource. Its availability for materials as well as physical space for meeting and gathering will serve this community for years to come. Delhi Township and surrounding communities are seeing the Township purchase land on the business district. While no definitive plan is in process, it seems there is a desire for mixed-use housing/retail development. The Library remains active and responsive as a long-standing member of an ever-growing community and will consider these and other surrounding developments as it engages in opportunities for growth.






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