Find an Ohio Library

The State Library compiles and maintains a variety of directories for different types of Ohio libraries. These directories are available for the public to view, download, and print.

If your library has updates for any directories compiled by the State Library, please email mbanks@library.ohio.gov.

Public Libraries

Ohio has 251 Public Library systems with 481 Branch locations. The following lists include library addresses, phone numbers, websites and director email addresses.

Regional Libraries Systems

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.

Depository Libraries

The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its Government’s information. GPO (Government Publishing Office) administers the FDLP on behalf of the participating libraries and the public. Information products from the Federal Government are disseminated to these nationwide libraries that, in turn, ensure the American public has free access to the materials, both in print and online.

Central Ohio

The central Ohio area comprises Franklin County and adjacent counties. Within this area are nine selective depository libraries and one regional depository library:

Links to Other Ohio Library Directories & Specialty Libraries