Ohio’s public libraries play an essential role in the community, create opportunities, provide access to everyone, and transform lives.
Ohio’s public libraries offer everything from early literacy programs to homework help centers. In 2016, more than one million Ohioans participated in summer reading programs. Libraries all around the state offer STEM programs and tech training for residents of all ages.
Public libraries help Ohioans apply for and obtain jobs offering everything from resume help to job searches. In 2016, the OLC partnered with OhioMeansJobs to provide specific training for library staff members so they could help library patrons find jobs or plan their next career move.
Public libraries provide free access to the Internet, computers, business services, and the latest technology. In 2016, a businessman in Cleveland used a 3-D printer at his local library to kick off his new business venture. See the video.
Public libraries provide places for the community to gather and participate. From Zumba classes to public candidate forums, Ohio’s public libraries are hubs of the community. Ohioans make more than 77 million library visits in a year.
Public libraries deliver life-long learning opportunities and programming for all ages. Each year, more than 15.8 million digital materials – eBooks, music, movies, and magazines – are downloaded by Ohioans.