Ohio Digital Library

Ohio Digital Library

Enrollment in the Ohio Digital Library is open to public libraries in Ohio serving populations of 100,000 and under.


  • Provide patron authentication via the preferred methods of SIP, SIP2, NCIP or Patron API. (Libraries should check with their ILS vendors regarding available authentication protocols, as there may be a cost involved to implement patron authentication.) If your library does not use patron authentication, OverDrive offers an alternative program.
  • Pledge to spend the required percentage of their annual collection budget on materials for the consortium.
  • Agree that all digital materials will be added to the shared collection.
  • There may be additional fees authentication setup that are the responsibility of the library.
  • Agree that any books purchased for the Ohio Digital Library’s collection will remain in the collection in the event that a library leaves the consortium.
  • Agree to provide front-line support for your library’s patrons. (Additional support for library staff is provided.)
  • Agree to volunteer staff to serve on task forces or committees to aid in the guidance of the Ohio Digital Library.
  • Agree to follow all policies and guidelines put forth by the Ohio Digital Library and State Library of Ohio.

Getting Started

If you are interested in enrolling please contact Anne Kennedy at akennedy@library.ohio.gov

Before the enrollment process can begin interested libraries must complete and submit enrollment paperwork. The documents include but are not limited to:

  • Ohio Digital Library Library Contact Sheet – Contact information for use by the Ohio Digital Library Manager
  • Memorandum of Understanding or MOU – Agreement between enrolling library and the State Library of Ohio
  • Schedule C – Agreement between enrolling library and OverDrive, Inc.
  • ILS Vendor Information or Library Card Manager – This form is used by OverDrive to set up authentication

Once the enrollment documents are submitted, there is a two month enrollment process. During this process your library will work with the State Library of Ohio and OverDrive to setup authentication for your patrons. There will also be training webinars held that are recommended for all staff members on how to use the service, how to order materials, and consortium policies and guidelines.

This enrollment period is a time for your library and staff to learn how to use the system before it is available to your patrons. Attendance at all the training sessions is mandatory, so if you believe staff at your library will be too busy with other duties during this period please contact Anne Kennedy, Project Manager at the State Library before enrollment with any concerns.

The cost of the Ohio Digital Library is 4.5 to 5 percent of a library’s annual collection budget in the purchase of materials for the shared collection.

The library does not send the enrollment fee to the State Library or OverDrive. Instead, once a library is enrolled and launched, they can then purchase materials to add to the collection. The State Library will track each library’s spending to ensure they are meeting their minimum requirement.

The eBook  Voices from the March on Washington, a  2017-2018 Choose to Read Ohio selection, will be available for unlimited downloads between January 1 and June 30th, 2017 in the Ohio Digital Library. After that time, the title will resume normal circulation in the collection.

Voices from the March on Washington by J. Patrick Lewis and George Ella Lyon is a collection of 70 poems from a variety of first person perspectives written for a young adult audience. According to the review in Kirkus, “the poets rekindle the spirit of the fight for racial equality in the United States with imagined voices of young and old, black and white, educated and underprivileged, supporters and detractors and drive home the volume’s theme of taking personal responsibility in helping this country ‘steer toward justice together.’ . . . A powerful yet accessible guide to ‘one day in 1963 [that] [b]elongs to every age.’”

By having the title available for National Poetry month in April as well as African American History month in February, it is hoped that public libraries will find opportunities for innovative programming around the title’s themes.

Choose to Read Ohio features books, by authors native to, residing in, or associated with the Buckeye State, highlight a rich tapestry of literature available for Ohioans of all ages to read and share. Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) encourages libraries, schools, families, book clubs, and others to build communities of readers and an appreciation of Ohio authors, illustrators, and literature.

Download the toolkit below for activities, discussion questions, author biographies, and other resources to support your program planning.

Find in the ohio digital library Voices From the March on Washington Toolkit

Promotion Resources

The following resources are available for Ohio Digital Library member libraries to download and use for promotional purposes:

Bookmarks for print (3 per sheet – 2 sided)


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