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Name: Beverly
Title: State Librarian
Organization: State of Ohio
Address: State Library of Ohio
274 E 1st Ave
Suite 100
City: Columbus
State: OH
Zip Code: 43201
Phone: (614) 644-6843
Fax: (614) 466-3584
Appointment Date: 06/01/10
Committee Assignments: n/a


Library Agency Homepage:
Virtual Library:
State Home Page:
Governor: John Kasich
Library Association:
Friends of the Library Association:
Trustee Association:
Other State Library Links:


Link to IMLS Public Library Statistics Webpage:

Year the data below was released: 2014
URL for Statewide Public Library Statistics:
Population: 11,594,163
Number of Public Libraries: 251
Total Circulation: 183,159,798
Circulation Per Capita: 15.8
Total Library Operating Income: $911,339,402
Total Expenditures: $909,915,105
Expenditures per capita:$78.48
State Support:$286,601,227
Total Construction Funding:
Materials Loaned to other Libraries: 9,484,187


Link to IMLS State Library Statistics Webpage:

Year the data below was released:
Governance Structure: The State Library of Ohio is governed by a five member board appointed by the State Board of Education and serving five year terms.
Library Legislation:
Ohio Revised Code Chapter 3375 tm
Library Standards:
The Ohio Library Council publishes "Standards for Public Library Service in Ohio" at
Allied and Other Special Operations:
The State Library Talking Book Program coordinates library service for blind and physically impaired Ohioans as part of the national network headed by the Library of Congress.

The State Library is the fiscal agent for the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN). OPLIN provides residents of the State of Ohio fast, free internet access through the state telecommunications network, as well as the use of high-quality subscription based research databases, through their local public libraries.

Libraries Connect Ohio which can be found at is a collaborative effort of the State Library and the three networks: OhioLINK, OPLIN, and INFOhio. The purpose of this collaborative effort is to provide a core set of electronic resources to all Ohio residents.

The State Library of Ohio coordinates the Ohio Digital Library, which provides downloadable eBooks and other digital content to library customers.

The Statewide Delivery System supports statewide resource sharing by delivering more than 8 million books and other library materials to Ohio library users each year.

Guiding Ohio Online is an AmeriCorps program that places members in rural Ohio libraries to deliver digital literacy training through computer classes, one-on- one computer assistance, outreach, and volunteer recruitment.
Number of Service Outlets: The main library in Columbus and the Serving Every Ohioan (SEO) Library Center is located in Caldwell.
Collections: The State Library of Ohio's catalog contains approximately one million items. Particular strengths in this collection include: government documents, business, management, education, health, and criminal justice.
Staff: 66 State Library of Ohio employees and 5 OPLIN employees. Of the 71 employees, 1 would be considered part time.
Income: $22,176,021 (all funds FY16)
Expenditures: $19,653,215 (all funds FY16)
Employment Opportunities:


LSTA Five Year Plan:
Other Relevant Links to State Library Publications:

Strategic Plan:
plan/ Ohio Library Directories
library/find-an-ohio-library/ State Librarian and Board:
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