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Back in 1997, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County expanded across Ninth Street from its main building, constructing an addition that housed space for children, teens, study areas and some administrative offices. It cost the taxpayer-funded library millions to build.
Fast forward to today and the library board and management want to downsize and move the departments from that North Building across the street into the Main Building.
Board members have considered selling that taxpayer-funded North Building real estate, possibly to a private developer.
That possibility has led to protests and contentious meetings at the normally sedate library. It's an unusual position for the management of the library, a popular Downtown institution that is regularly named one of the nation's busiest libraries.
The library board has yet to make a final decision, so we'd like to know what you think.
Our What You Said question this week is: Should the library close and sell its North Building?
Please share your opinions with us, and we'll publish some of the most interesting and representative in our What You Said feature later this week.
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