Library History

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The tax levy passes for a library in the City of Newport.


Newport opens a library in the Newport Mutual Fire Insurance Company building at the NW corner of Fourth Street and Monmouth Street. It is the city’s first free library.


Steel tycoon turned philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, agrees to give $20,000 to build Newport Library. The project ends up costing $25,000. The Newport Public Library is the first of 23 Carnegie libraries to open in Kentucky.


On June 25, the Carnegie Free Library opens its doors at 4th Street and Monmouth Street in Newport. It is the first Carnegie library to open in the Commonwealth.


Congress passes the Library Services Act, which paves the way for countywide library systems. Prior to this act, most libraries only operated in cities, leaving rural residents without this vital service.


The Kentucky State Library offers grants to counties that establish countywide systems.

Kenton County Library is established in 1967.

The petition to establish a Campbell County system fails in 1968.


Betty Daniels leads a group of women to establish a two-room library in the Shaw House in Fort Thomas. She goes on to work tirelessly in different capacities to make countywide library service possible for the citizens of Campbell County.


The library at Fort Thomas is moved to the former Erschell Funeral Home at 155 N. Ft Thomas Ave.

The Boone County Library is established.


Using grant money from the state, the establishment of demonstration libraries begins. The goal is to show taxpayers the value of a countywide library system.

The basement of the city building in Alexandria is used for a library. Opening a library is part of the city’s bicentennial celebration plans.


The Newport Library in the Carnegie building opts out of participating in the demonstration but agrees to join forces if it is a success. Instead, the demonstration library is a rented mobile home that is purposed into a library. It is parked free of charge at the Newport Shopping Center.


On September 5, the Campbell County Public Library system (CCPL) is established. More than 51% of the voters signed the petition for a county system. Campbell County Judge Executive Lambert Hehl signs the document and the Library Board meets for the first time.


CCPL purchases the Andrew Carnegie building that is being operated as a city library and takes over library operations.


In November, the Cold Spring Branch is opened and service in the basement of Alexandria’s city building is discontinued. The library is dedicated with much fanfare on January 13, 1985.


Thanks to a KDLA matching grant, major renovations are made to the Newport Branch in the Carnegie building. Renovations include installing air conditioning and moving the children’s department to the second floor.


After 22 years in the former Erschell Funeral Home, the new Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch opens.

CCPL automates its entire collection.


The Cold Spring Branch is expanded to 14,500 sq. feet.


Dial-up internet access becomes available at the Cold Spring Branch.


Broadband internet access becomes available at all three locations.


Fort Thomas is expanded to 15,000 sq. feet, doubling its capacity.

CCPL celebrates 100 years of library service with a celebration at the Carnegie building.


Construction begins for a new Newport Branch. It promises more space, parking, technology and access for people with disabilities.


The Newport Branch, a new 27,000 sq. ft. building, opens May 16.

The first Long Range Plan is created {PDF}


CCPL starts opening on Sundays.

The Long Range Plan is updated {PDF}


The Long Range Plan looks to 2006-2010 {PDF}


Cold Spring Branch reopens after an extensive three-month renovation. During the renovation, the library operated out of surplus bookmobiles donated by KDLA. The bookmobiles were stationed in the parking lot.

The Long Range Plan is updated {PDF}


Planning begins for the new South Branch in Alexandria.


A lawsuit is filed in January 2012 that challenges the way that Kentucky libraries set annual tax rates, threatening the existence of over 100 county library systems. The lawsuit concludes on Nov. 13, 2018, when the Supreme Court of the United States denies the plaintiff’s petition for a writ of certiorari. With this denial, all avenues of appeal are exhausted. In the seven appearances before the various courts through the nearly seven years of the litigation, no court determined the library to have acted improperly in any regard or that any tax was illegally assessed or collected. For more details, click here.


The CCPL Board approves a new Long Range Plan {PDF}


CCPL launches its first-ever smartphone app on March 29, giving patrons access to the library’s collection, services and programs no matter where they are.

CCPL earns an Exemplary Level when measured against standards set by the Kentucky Public Library Association.

Cam, the library mascot, is introduced to the public at Summer Reading kickoff on June 5.

In July, the Campbell County Board of Trustees embarked on a long-range planning process. The goal was to provide a holistic approach in the review, research and assessment of the current state of the library and to prepare a plan for the future

The Newport Branch undergoes a renovation to add space for meetings and library events.

CCPL launches “Drop Your Drawers at the Library.” The campaign collects new packages of underwear to distribute to children in need through Family Resource Centers at elementary schools throughout the county.


The Long Range Plan is created {PDF}


Digital marquees are installed at all three branches on May 3.

The Melbourne Express and Silver Grove Express open May 16.


The Alexandria Branch opens at 8333 Alexandria Pike on January 16.


CCPL joins fives school districts in Campbell County to bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to children under age 5.


All branches of the library close due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CCPL introduces a variety of web-based services, virtual programs and curbside pickup to serve patrons during the building closures.

CCPL partners with other NKY libraries to launch Amnesty for All on May 4, an initiative that waives all fines and fees prior to the March 2020 closure.

All branches reopen to the public on June 15. The buildings close again on Nov. 23 due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. The library fully reopens its doors on Dec. 14.


CCPL goes permanently fine free. Moving to a fine-free model is in line with what library systems across the country have enacted based on extensive research which concludes that overdue fines do not ensure the return of borrowed items. They do, however, keep patrons from accessing valuable services.