CINCINNATI - The Public Library Association says the Cincinnati/Hamilton County Public Library's downtown branch was the busiest central library in North America in 2011.
The ranking, announced Tuesday, came from a comparison of 1,300 public libraries that included the largest ones in the United States and Canada.
About six million, or 34 percent, of the total 17.6 million books and materials borrowed from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County last year were checked out from its main library downtown.
Library Director Kim Fender said the main branch's extensive collection is available seven days a week. Also, the Ohio city has seen a bump in redevelopment and the number of downtown residents.
Fender said 2011 was the busiest year in terms of circulation since the library was founded in 1853.
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