State Library of Ohio
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The State Library of Ohio is a state agency that provides services to state government and all types of libraries to ensure that all Ohio residents, rich or poor, rural or urban, receive the best possible library service and are able to engage in lifelong learning which strengthens the economic health of Ohio.
The State Library is governed by a five member board. The Board members are appointed by the State Board of Education and each member serves a five-year term of office. Under the Ohio Revised Code, section 3375.01, the State Library Board is responsible for the State Library of Ohio and a statewide program of development and coordination of library services.
The State Library of Ohio was established in 1817 to serve the information and research needs of state government. The library was established with the purchase of 509 books by Governor Worthington. The library was one of the first state agencies created. As Ohio grew, so did the responsibilities of the agency. In December 2000, the State Library moved from the Ohio Departments Building into the Jeffrey Mining Corporate Center, a converted factory that produced mining machinery.
Today the State Library of Ohio collaborates with many state agencies and Ohio libraries to provide services.
Services to State Government
- Provides work-related research and reference services to state legislators and state employees
- Serves as Ohio's only full regional depository for federal documents and the depository for Ohio state agency documents
- Provides inter-library loan services
- Provides meeting space for state employees
- Provides online & face to face Internet and Library Resource training for state employees
Services to Ohio Libraries
- Oversees the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant program
- Administers the Serving Every Ohioan Library Center & Consortium that is composed of 76 library systems with more than 175 locations. The SEO Library Center houses, maintains and supports a centralized shared catalog database that includes over 6 million items with a patron database of 700,000+ borrowers. The power of this consortium resides in resource sharing among consortia members allowing small and rural library systems to have access to millions of items for their patrons free of charge.
- Promotes statewide resource sharing through the Ohio Libraries Share: MORE program
- Collects statistics about Ohio libraries for analysis, long range planning and comparison
- Assists in developing programs for staff and customers
- Provides Mobile Training Lab for on-site Internet training.
- Collaborates with the Ohio Public Library Information Network and other training partners in providing online & face to face Internet and Library Resource training for library employees
Services to Ohio Residents
- Coordinates the Ohio Talking Book program for Ohio's blind and physically handicapped residents
- Answers general reference questions
- Provides electronic database access
- Kent State University – School of Library and Information Science
- Ohio Library Council
- Ohioana Library
- Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled
- Cleveland Public Library
Regional Library Systems
- SWON Libraries