102 East Spring Street, Covington, Ohio 45318 (937) 473-2226 info@jrclarkelibrary.org
A Fixture In Covington

Organized in 1917, J. R. Clarke Public Library of Covington was first known as the Covington-Newberry Township School and Public Library. Over the past 100-plus years, the library has impacted several generations in the Covington community.

Every Resource You Need

The J.R. Clarke Public Library has virtually every research resource you could possibly need available at your fingertips for Preschool, Students, Adults, Senior Citizens, and Businesses.

Covington High School Yearbooks

J.R. Clarke Public Library is proud to offer digital downloads of all Covington High School yearbooks from 1950 to the current day. Each yearbook is provided in PDF format and available for personal use only.

Our Friendly Staff

The J.R. Clarke Public Library has friendly, knowledgeable staff who is available to assist you in all of your educational and research needs. Our staff is listed below in alphabetical order.

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J. R. Clarke Public Library will be closed beginning Thursday, March 19 until further notice due to the COVID-19 virus. The library will remain open from 9am to 5pm on Tuesday, March 17 and from 9am to 8pm on Wednesday, March 18. There will be no computer use during those two days, and no child under the age of 18 will be admitted without a parent, grandparent or guardian. These extra two days will give our patrons an opportunity to return books and check-out new books during this extended closure. There will be no fines during the period of time the library is closed. The book drop will also remain open 24 hours a day, every day. Our goal is for every one of our patrons to remain healthy and safe during this national crisis. The Trustee Board will again evaluate the COVID-19 situation at their next board meeting on Monday, April 13.

Our Mission

The mission of the J. R. Clarke Public Library is to provide a broad range of library materials and services to meet the educational, cultural, and recreational needs of the public and encourage lifelong learning within the community.

Historic Photo Archives

The J.R. Clarke Public Library has compiled an archive platform for historic photographs of Covington, Ohio and the surrounding areas. All photos have been donated by local photographers, businesses and community organizations. These photos are available for personal, educational and non-profit usage and may not be used for commercial or marketing practices without the consent of those who donated the images.



We are super excited about this Easter Scavenger Hunt and Easter Basket Giveaway and think you will be too! This is also a great way to explore our website and find all kinds of useful tools you can use right at home! We have some excellent educational tools on there!!!




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