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State Library Board

Board Meeting Schedule

Photo of State Library of Ohio Board members

L to R: Melissa Hendon Deters, member; Krista Taracuk, member;
Beverly Cain; State Librarian;John Myles, President;
Jennifer Thompson McKell, Vice-President; Laurie Gemmill Arp, member

About the State Library Board
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. Specific powers of the State Library Board include:

  • Maintain the State Library, holding custody of books, periodicals, pamphlets, films, recordings, papers, and other materials and equipment.
  • Accept, receive, administer, and expend, in accordance with the terms thereof, any moneys, materials, or other aid granted, appropriated, or made available to it for library purposes by the United States, or any of its agencies, or by any other source, public or private.
  • Administer such funds as the General Assembly may make available to it for the improvement of public library services, interlibrary cooperation, or any other library purposes.
  • Approve, disapprove, or modify resolutions for establishment of county district libraries.
  • Approve, disapprove, or modify resolutions to redefine boundaries resulting from school district consolidations.
  • Amend, define, or adjust the boundaries of library districts submitting applications for changes in their boundaries.
  • Encourage and assist the efforts of libraries and local governments to develop mutual and cooperative solutions to library service problems.
  • Recommend to the Governor and to the General Assembly such changes in the law as will strengthen and improve services and operations.
  • Adopt such rules as are necessary for the carrying out of any function imposed by law.

The State Library Board usually meets in the State Library of Ohio Conference Room D, 274 East First Avenue. Updated information can be obtained by calling (614) 644–7061.

Upcoming meeting dates and times are:

April 16-17, 2015   Board retreat (Akron, OH)
May 28, 2015   10:00 a.m. Business meeting
July 16, 2015   10:00 a.m. Business meeting
September 17, 2015   10:00 a.m. Business meeting
October 29, 2015   10:00 a.m. Business meeting
December 8, 2015   10:00 a.m. Business meeting
January 21, 2016   10:00 a.m. Business meeting
March 17, 2016   10:00 a.m. Business meeting
May 19-20, 2016   Board retreat (TBD)