Advocacy Tools for Libraries

The OLC has put together a number of tools to help you become a powerful advocate for Ohio’s public libraries.

Fiscal Year 2024-2025 state budget news, testimony, advocacy alerts, and more.

2023 Advocacy Calendar (PDF)
Month-by-month calendar of advocacy activities and ideas to use at your library throughout the year.

Library Legislative Day
Grassroots advocacy event in Columbus.

Fact Sheets

Legislative Contacts

Tools and Templates

Local Return on Investment Calculator

Local ROI Calculator (download Excel spreadsheet)
Within the document are four tabs:

  1. Instructions on how to complete the calculator
  2. Actual ROI Calculator
  3. Explanation of what the ROI figures mean and how to utilize them; and
  4. Notes on the pricing and cost assumptions.

NOTE: It is helpful to print the “Instructions” worksheet first and gather your information before entering the data. An instructional webinar is also available at

Key Messages

Ohio’s Public Libraries…

  • provide public access to the internet, computers and the latest technology (including mobile WiFi hotspots, iPads, laptops, and more).
  • help Ohioans find jobs and provide online educational courses and tech training.
  • offer literacy and homework help for children.
  • collaborate with private groups, food banks, and state and local government entities to help deliver local services.
  • provide life-long learning opportunities and programming for all ages.
  • offer personalized, one-on-one support to find unbiased and well researched information as well as community resources.
  • serve as the hub for their community and a place for people to gather.

Plus, Ohio’s Public Libraries…

  • have the highest library use per capita in the United States.
  • quickly adjust their service models and programming to meet the needs of their local communities.
  • voluntarily assist the Ohio Department of Health with efforts to distribute COVID-19 at-home test kits.

Recent Statewide Survey Results