Forest Park Branch Library
Client: Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library
Location: Forest Park, Ohio
  • A vibrant, appealing facade draws library patrons in, utilizing CHPL’s branding to create a strong identity for the community landmark.
  • A central “marketplace” mimicking a storefront shopping experience greets patrons, prominently displaying the most popular materials.
  • Multipurpose conference and meeting rooms are intended for after-hours group use, making the library an ideal hub for community activity.
  • Technology is thoroughly integrated throughout the branch to increase equity in a digital world. A makerspace supports this initiative by providing a variety of tools available to all constituents.
  • The large children’s area features nature-inspired decor (a “forest” for Forest Park). Fun interactive elements for sitting, playing and engaging develop an enthusiasm for learning, imagination and creative expression from an early age.
  • An engaging teen area with gaming addresses the interests of this age group.
  • Seating options accommodate lounging, heads-down work, and group gathering.
Architecture|Interior Design|Engineering

The new $19M Forest Park Branch Library is a part of CHPL’s Next Generation Library initiative. SHP’s engagement process resulted in a design that delivers modern flexible spaces focused on serving the Forest Park community.

*Renderings are conceptual and subject to change.

“This new Forest Park Branch is an excellent opportunity for the Library to expand our services in this community, for knowledge, learning, resources and a space for everyone to enjoy.”
– Paula Brehm-Heeger, Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library, Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director