Libraries are the most popular public service in Ohio. More than 8.9 million Ohioans are public library card holders - that's more than three-fourths of Ohio's population. Public libraries play an essential role in the community, improve the quality of life, and give everyone a chance to succeed.
Why State Funding
- Access: All Ohioans can use any public library in the state regardless of where they live.
- Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN): A state-funded service that provides Internet access to Ohioans via Ohio’s 251 public libraries, and is the backbone of library connectivity.
- Equalization of Funding: Ensures that Ohio provides a high standard of library service to its citizens in ALL counties regardless of economic factors.