OLC testified on HB 166, the biennial state budget bill, on Thurs., April 11 in front of the House Finance Subcommittee on ...[ ... Continue Reading ... ]
Restore the PLF
Help Us Restore Public Library Funding in Ohio
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. Libraries are much more than shelves of books and quiet study tables. Today’s libraries are energetic places for information, education and adventure. Public libraries play an essential role in the community, improve the quality of life and give everyone a chance to succeed. We are proud that Ohio has the highest library use per capita in the United States. 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) which currently receives 1.68% of the state’s General Revenue Fund. Public libraries are receiving $113 million LESS than what they received in 2001 and that doesn’t account for inflation over the past 17 years. It’s time to restore the PLF!
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More than 275 public library directors, fiscal officers, trustees, and supporters gathered at the Statehouse on April 9 to meet one-on-one with ...[ ... Continue Reading ... ]
PLF Amendments for HB 166 Amendments in the House to HB 166, the state’s two-year budget bill, are due to House ...[ ... Continue Reading ... ]