Public Library Funding

Make Public Libraries a Priority in the Next State Budget

Ohioans love their libraries. With more than 8.4 million registered borrowers, Ohio’s public libraries are a resource that Ohioans increasingly turn to for a wide variety of services, especially now. Throughout this past year, libraries have had to find new ways to continue doing what they do best, and that is serving their communities. Whether it is providing specialized technology assistance, aiding job seekers and small businesses, or adapting educational services to assist students and parents who are new to remote learning, libraries continue to innovate during this public health crisis.

We are proud that Ohio has the highest library use per capita in the United States. We continue to rank at the top nationally for the highest percentage of registered borrowers, highest number of visits, and highest circulation. Our success is dependent on the strong partnership between the state and the local library systems. In Ohio, public libraries are funded through the Public Library Fund (PLF). The PLF is currently set at 1.70% of the General Revenue Fund (GRF), but it will be automatically cut again to 1.66% on July 1, 2021.

 

 

 

 

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