On November 7, voters approved 25 out of 26 public library levies on local ballots around Ohio. The successful library ballot issues included 16 renewals; four new/additional levies; one renewal with an increase; three replacement levies and one renewal with a decrease. The levies passed by significant margins with an average voter approval rate of 63 percent.
“We’re thankful for the overwhelming support,” said Michelle Francis, Executive Director, Ohio Library Council. “It is a credit to the outstanding work that our members are doing every day to improve the quality of life of the people they serve. Ohio’s public libraries are clearly making a difference in communities around the state. A couple of our libraries have faced scrutiny from a small group of individuals about their collections. However, the majority of Ohioans have spoken and cherish their freedom to read. They see the value of their libraries and the services they provide.”
A levy renewal with an increase from Kingsville Public Library did not pass by 93 votes and did not have organized opposition. The unofficial results of the public library ballot issues on the Nov. 7, 2023 ballot are below.