OLC Group Purchasing Program
The OLC has teamed up with the Sourcing Alliance/Equalis Group to create and manage group purchasing programs that are in accordance with applicable public sector guidelines and, in many cases, satisfy the state-required bidding process.
To get started, register your library with the Sourcing Alliance/Equalis Group. This service is for OLC Institutional Member Libraries only. There is no cost to register. Be sure to select “Libraries” under “Agency Type” on the form. You will also need your library’s Federal Tax ID number.
Products and services currently available include:
- PPEs – facial masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant
- Office Supplies
- Janitorial Supplies
- Furniture and Flooring
- Carpet/Fabric Protection
- Branded Merchandise, Event Merchandise, and Recognition/Incentive Programs
- Energy Savings Solutions
- LED Lighting
- Tapes and Adhesives
- Photo and Video Equipment
- and more
Register to purchase (for OLC Institutional Members Only)
The OLC encourages its members to support its Associate members – the businesses that support the mission of the OLC and its commitment to serve Ohio’s public libraries. These companies can provide products and services that every library can use to serve its customers.
|Acoustic Panels||Contract Source Inc.|
|Audio/Visual Materials||Midwest Tape|
|Carpet/Fabric Protection and Cleaning Services||Fiber-Seal|
|Compensation and Consulting||Organizational Architecture|
|Furniture||Contract Source Inc.|
|HR Consulting||Organizational Architecture|
|Legal Services||Bricker and Eckler, LLP
|Music/Video||Midwest Tape | hoopla|
|Shelving and Signage||Contract Source Inc.|
|Wall Art||Contract Source Inc.|
|Worker’s Comp Group Rating||Sedgwick (formerly CareWorks Comp)|
Disclaimer: The vendors included in the Vendor Mall are Associate members of the Ohio Library Council and have paid a fee for their listing.
OLC Associate Members
The current Associate Members of the Ohio Library Council include:
- Bricker and Eckler
- CBLH Design Inc.
- Contract Source Inc.
- Fiber-Seal of Northern Ohio
- HBM Architects
- Midwest Tape | hoopla
- Ohio Plan
- Organizational Architecture
- TRIAD Architects
Bricker and Eckler provides legal services in levy planning, bond financing, and construction issues. For more information go to: www.bricker.com.
CBLH Design, Inc.
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: www.cblhdesign.com.
Contract Source is a full service furniture dealer specializing in the library market for over 30 years. Our expertise includes Training and Meeting Rooms, Activity areas, Children, Teen and Adult areas as well as Circulation and Reception desks.
Our Turn Key Client Service program is what makes Contract Source the leader. We have a team of Interior Designers on staff to handle space planning as well as fabric and finish selection. We work with over 100 manufacturers and as a result we offer a comprehensive line, of not only furniture but also lighting and signage solutions. Additionally, we provide only the finest installation services. Our Client Care department along with ownership’s direct involvement have the goal of exceeding the expectations of our clients. For more information go to: www.contractsource.com.
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: www.fibersealnorthernohio.com.
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, German, Hindi 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!
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: www.hbmarchitects.com.
Midwest Tape and hoopla
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: www.midwesttapes.com
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: www.ohioplan.org.
Organizational Architecture is a veteran-owned small business and was founded in 2007 to provide organizations with workforce strategy solutions that align with their organizational strategy.
We believe our approach differentiates us from other organizations that provide Human Resource services because we begin by asking questions about your organization, your clients, and your strategy. We are then able to provide solutions tailored to your specific needs and which support your strategy.
Our objectives include:
- Human Resources Consulting – Employee relations, compensation, benefits, training, and development, organizational design, performance, and compliance
- Recruiting and Talent Acquisition – Candidate sourcing, screening, and selection assistance.
- Temporary HR Contractors – Temporary HR consultants or contractors for when you have a need for extra staffing or expertise.
For more information, go to: www.oahumanresources.com
Established in 1890, Stifel ranks as one of the largest investment banks in the country providing public and corporate finance investment, banking services, brokerage trading and sales, to individual institutions such as public libraries, governments and corporations. 2016 marked Stifel’s 21st consecutive year of record net revenue, and the company was named to Fortune’s Fastest-Growing Companies List in 2009 and 2010.
For more information, go to: www.stifel.com
The first and largest nationwide 5G network is offering all library employees a special discounted rate on the premium Magenta Plus Plan. Eligible employees who switch to T-Mobile can save up to $200 (via monthly bill credits) when activating a new account on Magenta Plus. Call 1-855-570-9947 or email Nichole.Paparone1@t-mobile.com for more information.
As the fastest 4G LTE network in the U.S. and the only carrier that is building out a nationwide 5G network, T-Mobile has been partnering with many libraries in Ohio to bring connectivity and to help bridge the digital divide. To learn more how T-Mobile is working with libraries in Ohio, contact Zachary Shields at 216-276-3462 or Zachary.Shileds1@t-mobile.com.
TRIAD designers and architects work closely with your library to bring your vision to life using a unique analytical approach and the ability to adapt to a changing environment. Triad Architects provides full-service design and architecture services to public and private clients.
Services include: Full-Service Design & Architecture; Conceptual Design; Feasibility Studies; Capital Improvement Planning; Levy / Bond Planning; Master Planning; Owner’s Representation; Construction Administration; Site Selection; Program Management; Cost Analysis; Project Scheduling & Forecasting and more.
For more information, go to triadarchitects.com.