Associate membership in the OLC is open to any commercial entity that provides products and services to public libraries. The OLC’s enhanced Associate Member program is designed for companies and individuals who want to maintain a connection with public librarians, market their services, and have access to information about the issues and challenges libraries face every day. This is a non-voting membership category.

Associate Membership Application

The OLC’s Associate Member Vendor Mall is featured on the OLC website and allows librarians and library trustees to peruse information about vendors that can fulfill their program and service needs. Associate members can place information about their companies in one or more product categories and add a link that will direct users to their company website for more comprehensive information.

Annual membership (January 1 – December 31) dues for Associate members are $400. Associate members can join at any time but there is no proration of dues.

Benefits of OLC Associate Membership:

  • Subscription to the OLC’s print and/or electronic publications (to one representative of the entity)
  • One (annual) complimentary set of OLC institutional (library) mailing labels ($50 value)
  • Member rates for all company representatives to attend OLC events
  • An invitation to submit programming proposals for the OLC’s conferences and other professional development workshops
  • Early notification of exhibition opportunities at the OLC Expo
  • Recognition as an Associate Member in the OLC Expo on-site program and each year in OLC member publications.
  • Early notification of OLC conference sponsorship opportunities.
  • Spotlighted as a “Featured Vendor” on a rotating basis in OLC’s weekly e-newsletter to library directors.
  • Inclusion in the OLC Vendor Mall.


OLC Associate Members

The current Associate Members of the Ohio Library Council include:



Bricker and Eckler LLP

100 S. Third St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 227-2302
Fax: (614) 227-2390
Rebecca Princehorn icon-email

Bricker and Eckler provides legal services in levy planning, bond financing, and construction issues. For more information go to


Brouse McDowell, LPA

388 S. Main St., Ste. 500
Akron, OH 44311-4407
Phone: (330) 535-5711
Fax: (330) 253-8601
R. Scott Harvey icon-email

Brouse McDowell is a full-service law firm based in northeast Ohio. As we approach our centennial in 2019, we continue our long tradition of delivering sophisticated legal counsel to public agencies, including libraries, and to the private sector. Over 75 attorneys in 12 core service areas bring together the specialized skills our clients need to meet their objectives.

Library systems are well-served by our depth of knowledge in labor and employment law, including: employment litigation; state and federal administrative proceedings; collective bargaining and arbitration; preparation of employment policies and personnel policy manuals; day-to-day counseling; and workers’ compensation.

Brouse McDowell also assists clients in commercial and corporate matters; regulatory compliance and reporting; insurance recovery; intellectual property; civil litigation; real estate matters; tax issues relating to the formation and operation of a variety of legal entities; and advice on organizational issues, tax abatement and exemption opportunities. For more information go to


CareWorksComp, A York Risk Services Company

5500 Glendon Ct.
Dublin, Ohio 43016
Office: (614) 956-2325
Toll-free: (800) 837-3200 x52325
Cell: (614) 906-0543
Fax: (614) 495-5217
Andrew P. Frank, Account Executive icon-email

As the largest workers’ compensation Third Party Administrator (TPA) in Ohio with more than 48,000 customers, CareWorksComp strives to exceed customer expectations and reduce the impact of workers’ compensation costs. CareWorksComp embraces a results-oriented approach that fully integrates safety prevention and risk control with aggressive claims management to provide a sizeable return on investment. CareWorksComp is proud to serve as the Ohio Library Council’s workers’ compensation partner.

For a no-cost, no-obligation analysis of your potential savings, click here. For more information on OLC’s workers’ compensation program, contact CareWorksComp’s Andrew Frank.


CBLH Design, Inc.

7850 Freeway Circle
Cleveland, OH 44130
Phone: (440) 243-2000
Fax: (440) 243-3305
Tim Hunsicker icon-email

CBLH Design, Inc. is an experienced leader in the architectural community. Our mission is to provide personalized architectural design services emphasizing commitment, integrity and innovation. We understand the complex and evolving issues that our clients face in today’s environment and we strive to develop highly competent solutions in response to these needs. Founded in 1971, CBLH Design has provided exceptional design services for numerous library projects in northern Ohio . Our hands-on approach is one that closely relates to owners, operators and managers to insure that new, expanded and modernized facilities meet program requirements, budgets and schedules successfully. CBLH believes that library design must respect all the varied activities of intended use. Today’s libraries have become community centers providing information, education and recreation for all residents of a community. Library design should reflect stability and character and, when possible, the unique identity of the specific communities they serve. For more information go to


DesignGroup Library Group

515 E. Main St.
Columbus, OH  43215
Phone: (614) 255-0515
Fax: (614) 255-1515
Jack Hedge, AIA, LEED AP icon-email

DesignGroup is an architectural planning firm based in Columbus, Ohio that serves diverse clients. DesignGroup’s Library Group is passionate about library planning and design, and we understand the library’s important role of enhancing the quality of life and sustaining vibrant, livable communities.

The Library Group brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the areas of:

  • Facility evaluations
  • Library planning
  • Programming
  • Architectural design
  • Interior design
  • Furniture and equipment planning
  • Graphics and fundraising

DesignGroup’s Library Group has touched 80+ libraries over the past 25 years. Our experience includes public main and branch libraries, higher education academic libraries, and government libraries. We work closely with libraries to produce solutions that are customer-friendly, functional, staff efficient, flexible, cost-effective, and inspiring and inviting. To stay current with issues facing libraries, our professionals attend and speak at regional and national library conferences, constantly assessing library trends. For more information go to


Fiber-Seal of Northern Ohio
23860 Miles Rd., Ste. E
Cleveland, OH  44128
Phone: (216) 581-4144
Fax: (216) 581-1776
Gavin Green icon-email

The Fiber-Seal Fabric Care System of Northern Ohio combines superior post-installation protection products with exceptional follow-up service. We partner with homeowners, facility managers, architects and design professionals to help keep beautiful interior fabrics and carpeting looking that way, day by day, year after year.

Our customized Fiber-Seal service allows our residential and commercial clients to enjoy the fine furnishings they have selected without worrying about spills and soils – we do the work to help eliminate the worry! The Fiber-Seal Fabric Care System helps make the pretty practical, the luxurious livable – all at a cost-effective price!

Fiber-Seal is effective in both new and existing installations and we include furniture cleaning, carpet and area rug cleaning as part of our service. If you have made an investment in fabrics and carpeting, make Fiber-Seal of Northern Ohio your #1 source for fabric protection and care. For more information, go to:

Garber Connect

929 Eastwind Dr., Ste. 206
Westerville, OH  43081
Phone: (614) 212-7900
Dan Schleter icon-email

  • Telephone Systems
  • Structured Cabling
  • Security (Door Access, Cameras, Intrusion Alarms)
  • Generators

For more information go to

Gumdrop Books

Gumdrop Books
P.O. Box 25656
Rochester, NY  14625
Phone: (587) 303-8325
Fax: (585) 381-8243

Jim Hopper  icon-email

Gumdrop Books provides books and eBooks to libraries across the U.S. and 26 countries. Our relationship with over 90 publishers provides librarians with a diversified selection to meet their patrons’ interests. Our diversified society has encouraged us to now offer materials in Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian, and Mandarin. We take pride in listening to the requests of our librarians. In addition to our guaranteed library bound books with the lowest price, we focus on giving personal services and multiple options to purchase your new materials. We promise our personal service will save you an abundance of time and make your purchasing experience fun and efficient. Library services and shipping are all free. Customer service is our primary focus and our Ohio team will not let you down! For more information, go to


Holzheimer Bolek + Meehan | Architects

1382 West Ninth Street, Suite 300
Cleveland, OH 44113
Phone: (216) 241-1100
Patty O’Neill icon-email

Holzheimer Bolek + Meehan Architects, a planning/architectural/interior design firm, has built its reputation on providing personal service while producing high-quality project design. The scope of work for our library projects includes studies, interior remodeling, addition and remodeling, historic restoration, and new buildings. Our library projects have ranged from 3,000 SF to over 100,000 SF and each project includes varying degrees of planning, from site selection and establishing budgets for public funding, to very detailed space analysis. With 35 years of library experience, we bring a lot of ideas to each project; however, our continued success is based on listening and understanding the needs specific to each community. Visit our website to see our portfolio of work. Each library design is different because our design solutions respond to the specific needs for each project while celebrating the unique character of each community.For more information go to


K4 Architecture
555 Gest St.
Cincinnati, OH 45203
Phone: (513) 842-5402
Fax: (513) 455-5006
Richard Posey icon-email

K4’s team of architects, graphic and interior designers, and construction professionals deliver total solutions for branded environments by partnering with organizations to plan, develop, and build a sustainable, competitive advantage in your marketplace. K4 specializes in accountability for the process of delivering branded places to the market expeditiously for financial, retail, hospitality, housing, healthcare, and higher education/public institutional sectors. For more information, go to


Library Design Associates, Inc.

10046 Brewster Ln.
Powell, OH 43065
Phone: (614) 923-4600
Fax: (614) 923-4601
Matt Baughman icon-email Nick Mears icon-email

Library Design Associates, Inc., founded in 1976, is a specialized interior design and library equipment firm with emphasis in the planning, design and equipping of Public, Academic, Special and School libraries. We have been active members and participants of OLC (OLA) since our inception. Our staff consists of accredited Library Building Consultants, N.C.I.D.Q. Registered Interior Designers and Project Management administrators. The firm is capable of providing functional planning services, building layout, interior design and equipment procurement services.

We represent many of the finest names in library shelving, compact shelving, library technical furniture and general contract furniture for libraries. We are the exclusive distributor for MJ Industries, Estey, Elecompack, The Worden Company, Gressco LTD., TotaLibra, Lift, Enstrum and Jeter Systems, in Ohio. We also maintain relationships with many other library manufacturers and all of our primary sources are available on STS Purchase Contracts. For more information go to


Midwest Tape

6950 Hall St.
Holland, OH 43528
Phone: (800) 875-2785
Fax: (800) 444-6645
Erin R. Horne icon-email

Located in northwest Ohio, Midwest Tape is a full-service distributor that has been serving public libraries in North America for over twenty years. Our company offers such services as flexible standing orders, VIP processing, electronic ordering, OCLC MARC Records, and a friendly customer service staff that is only a phone call away! On our free, user-friendly website, librarians will find over 120,000 DVD titles, 70,000 Music CD titles, 25,000 Audiobook titles, and 7,000 Playaway titles. For more information go to


Ohio Plan

The Ohio Plan
811 Madison Avenue, 11 Floor
Toledo, OH  43604
Phone: (419) 724-1938
Fax: (419) 259-6099
Jason Chapman icon-email

The Ohio Plan provides comprehensive liability and property coverage in addition to risk management services to Ohio libraries since 1988. For more information go to


Structured Employee Benefits of Ohio (SEBO)

815 Grandview Ave., #200
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: (800) 589-7326
Information icon-email

Structured Employee Benefits of Ohio (SEBO), offers libraries the opportunity to offer cost-effective benefits to their employees. SEBO offers a “one-point-of-contact” system for all member libraries and their staffs for employee benefits, claims, service issues and compliance requirement issues. Products and services include:

  • health insurance
  • group term life insurance
  • accidental death & disability insurance
  • voluntary life insurance
  • long-term care insurance

Most products are available on an “employee-paid” basis, allowing libraries to offer extended benefits opportunities to employees at discounted group rates. For more information, go to