Ohio Library Collaboration & Sharing

We’re working together to provide the best library service to all Ohioans.

The State Library maximizes the use of public funds by facilitating resource and information sharing among Ohio’s libraries through programs such as the Serving Every Ohioan (SEO) Library Consortium, which includes 90 small and rural library systems in 46 Ohio counties, sharing a catalog of nearly 8 million items, and Ohio Libraries Share: MORE (Moving Ohio Resources Everywhere), which connects participating libraries using disparate types of catalog systems to make it possible for Ohio residents to borrow materials from libraries across the state. Other programs include:

The Statewide Delivery System, which supports statewide resource sharing by delivering more than 8 million books and other library materials to Ohio library users each year.

The Ohio Web Library, which makes a collection of thousands of digital publications and research materials available to all Ohio libraries, schools, universities, and residents, at no cost to them.

The Ohio Digital Library, which provides downloadable eBooks and other digital content to library customers. 177 libraries have joined together to provide Ohioans with access to the more than $4.3 million worth of digital content available in the Ohio Digital Library.

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LCO is a partnership of Ohio libraries and library organizations that are working together to build and provide a core collection of information resources and library services that will help all Ohioans compete in the global knowledge economy. This collection of resources, called the Ohio Web Library, supports quality education, a skilled workforce, business growth and lifelong learning in Ohio.

In addition to the State Library of Ohio other principal partners include:

INFOhio, the statewide cooperative school library and information network, supporting and enriching teaching and learning by providing equitable access to quality resources for Ohio’s PreK-12 community of students, educators and parents.

The Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK), a consortium of 91 Ohio college and university libraries, and the State Library of Ohio, that work together to provide Ohio students, faculty and researchers with the information they need for teaching and research.

The Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN), provides broadband Internet connections and related information services to Ohio public libraries including contributions to the Ohio Web Library. Their primary mission is to ensure that all Ohio residents have fast, free public Internet access through the 251 independent local public library systems in Ohio, as well as the use of high-quality research databases.

Ohio Web Library

 

Ohio has many consortia, or associations established by formal agreement, for the purpose of resource sharing. These consortia share collections, data, facilities, equipment, personnel, and more, for the benefit of their users and to reduce expenses. Consortia in Ohio include:

Map of Ohio divided into four regionsOhio Regional Library Systems are member-driven, multi-type library organizations that coordinate and facilitate the development of professional development events and other innovative services for Ohio academic, public, school and special libraries.

There are four Regional Library Systems in Ohio:

Funding

The State Library of Ohio’s total amount allocated the Regional Library Systems for each fiscal year is $582,469. Each regional receives $145,617.25.

These state dollars are to be used to fund the basics: provide a director, clerk treasurer, CE coordinator, facility rent, utilities and provide technical support to libraries through the Regional.

Services

The primary function of the Regional Library Systems is to provide library continuing education. Click here to see the statewide CE Ohio calendar.

Special services and products have been developed by individual organizations and Regional Library Systems.  Regionals are encouraged to develop new models for sharing these services and products which might be of interest to libraries across the state.

Membership

All libraries, of all types, are considered “associate” or “core” members of the Regional Library System service area within which it falls geographically. These libraries have access to core services provided by the State Library and delivered through the Regional Library Systems.  Any additional library services and discounts are available through membership in the Regional Library Systems.