Use of College Facilities

Students presenting a SurgeCard may use facilities such as the gymnasium, game room, fitness center, library, auditorium, and meeting rooms. Such use is restricted to hours set aside for student use for free time recreation. These hours will not conflict with previously scheduled events, and may be subject to change because of scheduling of intramurals, athletics, community use, or other purposes.

Students or student groups may lease on-campus facilities through the Facilities Office, phone (513) 569-4123 or email eventscheduling@cincinnatistate.edu. The use of facilities is outlined in the Facility Usage and Rental Guidelines on the College website.

Bakery Hill

Bakery Hill is a retail bakery on the second floor of the Advanced Technology & Learning Center (ATLC), Clifton Campus. Bakery Hill is operated by students and instructors at the College to gain educational and entrepreneurial experience. For more information about Bakery Hill, phone (513) 569-4697 or email bakeryhill@cincinnatistate.edu.


The Cincinnati State Bookstore is located in Room 134 of the Advanced Technology & Learning Center (ATLC), Clifton Campus. A complete supply of new texts and a limited supply of used books are available, covering all the courses offered at the College. A textbook rental program is available for some courses. The store also carries classroom supplies, calculators, and course-related equipment and supplies, as well as Cincinnati State apparel and gifts.

Used books are purchased by the bookstore throughout the year; however, financial aid regulations apply to some sales of used books. Contact the store for additional information about the buyback program.

Books for which an exchange or refund is requested must be in resalable condition and accompanied by the original receipt. Full refunds are granted during the first two weeks of classes each semester. If a student drops a course and seeks a refund within the established time frame, the student must show bookstore personnel a copy of their drop/add form.

Regular hours of the store are Monday, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hours are extended during the beginning and end of each semester.

Forms of payment accepted include financial aid (during assigned dates), cash, check (with photo I.D.), Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express (cardholder must be present), and gift cards. All forms of payment except cash or check may also be used for online purchases on the Bookstore website www.Cincystshop.com.

For more information about the Cincinnati State Bookstore, phone (513) 569-1507 or email cincist@bkstr.com.

Child Care (Mallory Early Learning Center)

The William L. Mallory Early Learning Center is located on the fourth floor of the Main Building (Clifton Campus) and has a learning laboratory on the first floor of the Main Building. It provides outstanding childcare on Cincinnati State’s campus while serving as a learning lab for Cincinnati State students in the Early Childhood Education program.

The Mallory Center daytime program is designed for children ages three months to five years who are not yet eligible for kindergarten. Priority is given to students and staff of the College, but the Center also serves families from the surrounding community.

The Mallory Center offers a full-time, year-round program operated Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Mallory Center is closed when the College is closed. During the summer, the Center also provides experiences for school-age children.

The Mallory Center participates in the USDA food program, providing breakfast, lunch, and snack, thus supplying two-thirds of a child’s daily needs.

Parents are welcome and encouraged to visit their children at any time. There are observation booths for most of the classrooms if parents wish to observe without being seen. Parents are also welcome to help in the classroom by reading books, eating lunch, or going on field trips.

All student-child interactions are guided by the faculty of Cincinnati State’s Early Childhood Education program. Center teaching staff members are selected for their commitment to providing the best experiences for children, and their ability to guide Cincinnati State students in becoming skilled Early Childhood Education teachers.

Children at the Mallory Center benefit from increased adult-child interactions, while Cincinnati State student interns benefit from direct experiences working with the children and teachers at the Center.

Teachers also have training in CPR, first aid, common childhood illnesses, and child abuse recognition. All staff and volunteers have been fingerprinted and have had a complete background check.

The Mallory Center is licensed by the City of Cincinnati’s Department of Health and the State of Ohio’s Department of Job and Family Services. It is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The Mallory Center’s commitment to quality care also is shown through voluntary participation in the Step up to Quality (STARS) rating system facilitated by the State of Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. 

For more information about the Mallory Center, phone (513) 569-1504 or email MalloryELC@cincinnatistate.edu.

Computers/Computer Labs

The College provides access to computers throughout the Clifton Campus in open labs, in the Library, and in student lounge areas. In addition, the entire Clifton Campus has wireless access that is free and open to Cincinnati State students, faculty, and staff. For more about the computers and computer labs, see Campus Technology on the College website.

Fitness Center

The Fitness Center in the Main Building (Clifton Campus) provides a full range of Nautilus equipment, free weights, cardio machines and resistance equipment, as well as a gymnasium (at designated times). The Fitness Center is continuously supervised by qualified personnel and fitness classes for students and employees are scheduled periodically.

A SurgeCard (ID card) is required for use of the Fitness Center and a liability waiver must be on file. Children, food and drinks, and loitering are not permitted in the Fitness Center. For more information, see Fitness Center on the College website

Game Room

A Game Room is located on the lower level of the ATLC (Clifton Campus). Table tennis, billiards, board games, and equipment are available free with a SurgeCard. For more information about the Game Room please contact the Student Activities office, located in the ATLC, Room 204, or phone (513) 569-5747.


The gymnasium is located on the first floor of the Main Building (Clifton Campus). It is open at designated times for general use. A SurgeCard is required to check out equipment. No food or drink is allowed in the gym. Gym shoes must be worn when using the gymnasium (street shoes with soft soles are not permitted).


The Johnnie Mae Berry Library, named for the College’s first librarian, provides library services to the College community. The Library is located in the Main Building (Clifton Campus), Room 170, phone (513) 569-1606. The library is open from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Shortened hours occur during the Summer semester and during periods when classes are not in session.

For more information see the Library section of the College website.

Additional information about Library services is in the Student Services - Academic Support Services section of this Catalog.


The College Main Building (Clifton Campus) has a limited number of lockers available for student use. Students must provide their own locks. Cincinnati State assumes no responsibility for any loss, theft, or damage to lockers, locks, or contents due to fire, trespassers, or other reasons. Each year at the end of the Spring semester, students must remove locks and contents from their lockers so general cleaning and maintenance can be performed.

Overlook Café

The Overlook Café is located on the first floor of the ATLC (Clifton Campus). The Overlook offers a wide selection of wholesome foods and refreshments, including lunch and dinner specials, soups, a salad bar, and a full range of beverages and “grab and go” options.

Vending facilities are located on the second, third, and fourth floors of the ATLC, the first and third floor lounges in the Main Building, and on the second and third floors of the Health Professions Building. If necessary, refunds from vending facilities can be obtained from the cafeteria cashier.