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.


2024 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. Scheduled for April 24, 2024 at the Sheraton on Capitol Square.

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

More Facts:

  • Unlike counties, cities and school districts, public libraries do not receive revenue from Ohio’s casinos.
  • Not all public libraries have a local property tax levy. Forty-nine (49) public library systems rely on state funding through the PLF as their primary source of funding for day-to-day operations and providing services to their communities.
  • More than half of the total funding for Ohio’s public libraries comes from the state through the PLF.
  • Unlike schools and other local governments, public libraries do not receive state funding for facilities/buildings through the Capital Appropriations Bill. The only option is to utilize operating funds, pass a bond levy, or borrow extremely limited amounts of funds.

Highlight how your library:

  • Offers literacy and homework help for children, including free tutoring, after-school programs and summer enrichment.
  • Provides public access to the internet, computers and the latest technology, including mobile WiFi hotspots, tablets, 3-D printers, and more.
  • Helps Ohioans find jobs and provide online educational courses and tech training.
  • Serves as the hub for your community and a place for people to gather.
  • Collaborates with schools, food banks, and state and local government entities to help deliver local services.
  • Provides life-long learning opportunities and programming for all ages.
  • Offers personalized, one-on-one support to find unbiased and well researched information as well as community resources.

Statewide Survey Results