White Paper

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.


White paper (PDF, to come)