Restore the PLF
The need and demand for our services and the expectations of Ohioans related to technology, broadband access, educational services and workforce development has increased, but library funding has been cut since 2008 and has not fully recovered from the recession. Now is the time to restore the Public Library Fund.
Ohio’s public libraries have not recovered from the recession:
- Make public libraries a priority in the Senate version of the state budget.
- Restore the PLF to our 2008 levels of funding.
- Hold public libraries harmless from any additional, unintended cuts.
White Paper (PDF)
HB 166 Talking Points (PDF)
How Public Libraries Use State Funding
Ohio’s Public Libraries…
- provide public access to the Internet, computers and the latest technology (including mobile WiFi hotspots, 3-D printers, and more).
- help Ohioans find jobs and provide online educational courses.
- offer literacy and homework help for children.
- serve as the hub for their community and a place for people to gather.
- collaborate with private groups as well as state and local government entities to help deliver local services.
- provide life-long learning opportunities and programming for all ages.
- offer personalized, one-on-one support to find unbiased and well researched information as well as community resources.
- Unlike schools and other local governments, public libraries do not receive state funding for facilities/buildings through the Capital Appropriations Bill. The only option is to utilize operating funds, pass a bond levy, or borrow extremely limited amounts of funds.