Kenton County Public Library
Location: 502 Scott Blvd Covington, KY 41011 Navigate to location
The Covington Public Library was established in 1898, and provided services free to city residents. In 1901, a donation from Andrew Carnegie gave the city a two-story Carnegie library at 1028 Scott Blvd. The institution was the only one serving the residents of Kenton County for more than 50 years.
By the 1960s, the county had three independent libraries, the Covington Library, the Erlanger Library, and the bookmobile. All three of which had difficulty securing reliable funding for library services.
In 1967, the Kenton County Public Library system was created when voters signed petitions establishing the county library district. A new tax rate was approved, and funding for the library flourished. The Covington location became the flagship of the district.
One of the first duties of the newly formed organization was to select a new site to replace the outdated Carnegie Library. On January 21, 1974, a new library was opened at 502 Scott Street.
Joining the Kenton County staff in that same year was Covington native Michael Averdick. As associate director, he would be responsible for creating the local history and genealogy collection that has preserved many Northern Kentucky records. In the 1980s and 1990s, a complete automation of the library’s collection was finished.
In 1999, the Covington Branch of the Kenton County Library system was named in honor of Mary Ann Mongan, who had recently retired after 41 years of service to the Library. An extensive remodeling of the Library was completed in 2013.
The Local History and Genealogy Department is now located on the top floor, and is staffed all hours when the library is open. The department’s collection includes Kentucky Biographies, Kentucky Fiction, Kentucky Non-Fiction, Kentucky References for all the commonwealth counties, and maps, city and business directories dating back to the 1830s. The collection also contains 10 paintings created by Frank Duveneck, a Covington native who is a world renowned American figure and portrait painter.
The Covington branch is on the corner of 5th and Scott in downtown Covington. Free parking is provided. Its convenient downtown location, ample parking, knowledgeable staff, and free access to the internet, special collections, community histories and microfilm resources helped make the library the best in Kentucky according to Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings 2008.
Open to the public • Handicapped accessible • Hours: Mon-Thurs 9-9, Fri 9-6, Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5
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