In adherence to best practices and guidance from the Governor’s office brought about in response to COVID-19, the State Library is in a “remote work” status.  State Library staff remain available remotely during normal business hours.  Thank you for your patience.  Online resources remain available 24/7.  Loan periods have been extended for physical items currently checked-out. Patrons may return items to the State Library through the mail or 24/7 in the book drop in front of our building.  The option for requesting items for new check-outs will be available beginning September 8, 2020. Click here for more information about Contact Free Front Door Pickup.

Library Information & Resources

  • Access & Privileges
    Learn  about  our circulation and access to resources policies for State Employees and Ohio Residents.
  • Borrow, Renew, Return
    Learn how to use library resources, including borrowing, renewing and returning your items.
  • Building and Location Information
    Information about how to contact us, business hours, our location and directions, parking, and WiFi access.
  • Current Research & Topic Alerts
    Contact a librarian to learn how to set up your own alerts. Service provided for state employees only.
  • Deafness and Outreach Collection
    A collection targeted toward interpreters, American Sign Language students, parents and professionals working within the deaf community.
  • Find an Ohio Library
    Browse our library directories to find an Ohio library near you.
  • Get a Library Card
    Take the first step and get a library card. Register as a State Employee or Ohio resident
  • Log in to Your Account
    If you’re already a member, you can access your account history and more by logging in.
  • Reserve a Meeting Room
    Reserve a meeting room for library activities and programs, for work-related purposes or for library-related functions.
  • Sign Up for a Mailing List
    Join one of our public mailing lists (listservs) to receive information on a variety of library topics.
  • Suggest a Title
    Recommend a book for the State Library of Ohio collection.

Library Amenities

Available amenities at the State Library include:

  • Restrooms
  • Vending machines including snacks, coffee, and soft drinks (machine takes currency up to $10 bill but does not take credit cards)
  • 2  self-service microwaves for public use
  • 7  public computers
  • 1  public computer equipped with assistive technology for low vision users
  • Self-service printing and copying is available for 10 cents per page
  • Self-service digital scanning to an individual’s email is free
  • Free Parking

Outside groups using library meeting rooms may choose to serve refreshments in the meeting rooms with the exception of alcoholic beverages, which are prohibited.

Groups are responsible for making their own catering or food arrangements and for all clean up after their meeting.

Skills Training & Library Guides

We offer our patrons a variety of tools to support their research and continued education efforts, including topic guides, research and topic alerts, tips on how to search effectively, access to skill-building sites and more!

Skills Training & library  Guides

Services for the Blind & Print Disabled

Learn about our services for the blind and print disabled, including our Talking Book program, and access a wide variety of promotional items to support these services in your library.

Services for the Blind & Print Disabled