CINCINNATI - In the age of e-readers and tablets, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County boasts a growing membership. In fact, on Wednesday the library reached 500,000 card-carrying members.
Here are 9 fun facts about this milestone and benefits of joining the library:
- The 500,000 figure represents two-thirds of the Hamilton County population.
- More than 80 percent of households in Hamilton County have at least one library card.
- Since 2009, the number of cardholders have grown by 84 percent.
- The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is one of only five libraries in the U.S. to receive the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
- Customers age 18 and older who only want to use the library's downloadable resources (ebooks, e-audio books and music) can get an electronic library card.
- Library members have access to downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks for free, 24/7.
- You can use the library's Zinio Digital Magazines service to read your favorite magazines on your tablet, computer, or mobile device, 24/7.
- Homework HelpNow connects students with tutors online for free. Learn from experts in a wide range of subjects. English and Spanish speaking tutors are available seven days a week from 2:00 to 11:00 p.m.
- The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has free WiFi at all of its branches.
So, who are the library's members? 9 On Your Side Chief Meteorologist Steve Raleigh, for one. The library invites members to post pictures of themselves holding their library cards (as an individual, as part of a book club or group, or as a family) on its Facebook page, just like Drew Lachey.