Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

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Toledo Lucas County Public Library
Main Library, Michigan Street Entrance
Country USA
Type Public library
Established 1838
Location 325 N Michigan St, Toledo, Ohio 43604
Branches Main Library and 20 branches
Access and use
Circulation 5,999,792[1]
Population served 441,815[1]
Members 254,228[1]
Other information
Budget $37,856,309[1]
Director Clyde Scoles
Staff 396[2]

Toledo Lucas County Public Library is a public library system located in Toledo, Ohio.


The library was founded in December 1838, Ohio's first public library created with tax money. The Ohio General Assembly granted a charter to the Young Men's Association of Toledo for a "lyceum and public library."[3]The Toledo Lucas County Main Library at 325 North Michigan Street opened on September 5, 1940.[4] The current system was created in 1970 by the merger of the Toledo Public, Lucas County, and Sylvania Public libraries. In 2001, the Main Library was restored and added 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) to an Art Deco facility.


Toledo Lucas County Public Library contains reference materials, including books, DVDs, and CDs.[4] It also contains photographs, genealogical resource materials, periodicals, family histories, obituaries, court records, and archives from the Toledo Blade.

TLCPL serves all of Lucas County, which has a population of roughly 432,488.[5] Customers can make use of the discussion groups, meeting rooms, and 170 free Internet-ready computers.[4]

Digital collections[edit]

  • Images in Time[6]
  • Digital Collections[7]
  • eMedia: The library offers Overdrive, RBdigital, Flipster, and many more online subscriptions.[8]


The library has 20 branches and four Outreach Services vehicles:[9] Birmingham Branch, Heatherdowns Branch, Holland Branch, Kent Branch, Lagrange Branch, Locke Branch, Maumee Branch, King Road Branch, Mott Branch, Oregon Branch, Outreach Services, Point Place Branch, Reynolds Corners Branch, Sanger Branch, South Branch, Sylvania Branch, Toledo Heights Branch, Washington Branch, Waterville Branch, and West Toledo Branch.[4]

Main library[edit]

Located at 325 North Michigan Street in downtown Toledo, the Main Library[10] has several departments. The Children's Library at Main Library also houses a creativity lab.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d "2016 Ohio Public Library Statistics - State Library of Ohio". Retrieved December 7, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, Page S-28" (PDF). Retrieved December 7, 2017. 
  3. ^ Noel, David (2001). Information Revolution. Donning Company Publishers. p. 17. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Toledo Lucas County Public Libraries"
  5. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts selected: Lucas County, Ohio". Retrieved July 20, 2017. 
  6. ^ "TLCPL - Images in Time". Retrieved 2018-07-17. 
  7. ^ "Toledo Lucas County Public Library". 
  8. ^ "eMedia - Toledo Lucas County Public Library". 
  9. ^ "Locations - Toledo Lucas County Public Library". Retrieved December 7, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Locations - Main Library - Toledo Lucas County Public Library". Retrieved December 7, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Main Library - Creativity Lab - Toledo Lucas County Public Library". Retrieved December 7, 2017. 

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Coordinates: 41°39′16″N 83°32′23″W / 41.654444°N 83.539722°W / 41.654444; -83.539722