At the state level, Ohio’s public libraries are funded through the Public Library Fund (PLF) which receives 1.7% of the state’s General Revenue Fund (GRF). State funding for Ohio’s public libraries will be automatically cut on July 1, 2017 unless action is taken to protect the PLF. At the federal level, a proposal has been put forth to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and effectively end all federal funding for libraries of every kind.
The following links describe how libraries are funded and what funding changes will mean for the future of libraries.
If you would like to contact your legislators about the importance of library funding and how significant libraries are to their communities, we have provided a contact list for you.