White Paper and Talking Points

Public Library Fund (PLF) Talking Points

White Paper (PDF)

Tell the Ohio Senate that state funding for Ohio’s 251 public library systems through the Public Library Fund (PLF) will be cut unless the budget is amended to keep library funding at current levels.

Investing in Ohio’s public libraries is critical as the usage and demand for our services is growing – especially as we begin to recover from the pandemic.

Now is NOT the time to be cutting funding for Ohio’s public libraries. Ohio’s public libraries provide crucial services to our 8.4 million library users.

Urge your Ohio Senate Member to:

  • Make public libraries a priority in this budget.
  • Maintain critical funding for libraries at 1.7%. If the state budget bill is not changed, libraries will be cut on July 1, and funded at 1.66% of the General Revenue Fund.
  • Libraries will also be impacted by the proposed 2% personal income tax rate reduction. Urge Senators to hold libraries harmless when considering tax cuts.
  • Clarify that libraries are not receiving millions of dollars directly from the federal government through the American Rescue Plan (ARP). OLC testified before the House Finance Committee on April 15 to clarify this point. A transcript of the testimony is available at libraryfunding.olc.org.

Additional Resources:

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 and tech training.
  • offer literacy and homework help for children (including assistance with remote and hybrid learning).
  • serve as the hub for their community and a place for people to gather (at a 6-foot distance, of course!).
  • collaborate with private groups, food banks, and 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.