Ohio public libraries, as well as library-related organizations and agencies (e.g., regional library systems, State Library) are encouraged to become Institutional members of the OLC.
Benefits of OLC Institutional Membership:
- Government relations and lobbying for library funding through the Public Library Fund (PLF).
- Federal and state advocacy on legislative issues impacting libraries and their patrons.
- Monthly PLF distribution notices.
- Advice on library levy elections, library construction issues, audit and financial issues.
- Free initial consultation on public library law.
- Group purchasing programs – Sourcing Alliance.
- Group insurance coverage for workers’ compensation and health insurance, group term life insurance, voluntary life insurance and long-term care insurance, for libraries and their employees.
- Professional development opportunities for trustees through the OLC Convention, various conferences and subject-specific workshops.
- Workshop registration fees at member rate for all library employees and trustees.
- Subscription to This Week, OLC’s weekly e-newsletter for directors and fiscal officers of the member libraries.
- Subscription to Access, OLC’s weekly member e-newsletter.
- Access to members-only information including news, legislative information, and legal updates.
- Monitoring of and assistance with intellectual freedom challenges.
- Workshops for library personnel, trustees, and friends on intellectual freedom issues.
- Trustees of public libraries that are OLC institutional members are entitled to all benefits of individual membership.
All Ohio public libraries are eligible for OLC Institutional membership and are billed annually regardless of current membership. Annual dues are based upon receipts from the previous year’s Public Library Fund and local property taxes (if applicable). All other institutional members are billed annually for their dues at a flat rate of $250.