Price Hill library has no wheelchair access

Posted at 5:58 PM, Jun 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-07 19:00:58-04

CINCINNATI -- When Mitchell Erhardt, a wheelchair-bound veteran who spend 12 years in the U.S. Army, went to the Price Hill public library with his fiancée, he ran into an issue: No wheelchair access.

“We went to the library and we were told they had handicap access," he said. "So my fiancée and I went and we didn’t see anything, so we went all around the building and there was nothing.”

Erhardt was told he would have to go to another branch across town.

“I asked if they could help me come in—no-go," he said. "They said it would be  best if I went downtown, because they don’t have access.”

The Cincinnati Public Library's Price Hill branch is one of the four libraries without Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility. The library's director recommended visitors check the list of locations and their amenities before paying a visit.

“We would like all of our facilities to be accessible and are working toward that," library director Greg Edwards said. "I think as funding comes along and is available, we will certainly have those projects at some point take place.”

Erhardt said he thinks the fix could be simple.

“Why can’t they take those short steps out and put a small elevator so we can get in?" he asked. "It wouldn’t take much on the outside there.”