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Ohio Regional Library Systems

Ohio Regional Library Systems are member-driven, multi-type library organizations that coordinate and facilitate the development of professional development events and other innovative services for Ohio academic, public, school, and special libraries.

Regional Service Areas

There are four Regional Library Systems in Ohio:
Northeast    NEO-RLS
Northwest    NORWELD
Southeast    SERLS
Southwest    SWON Libraries

These areas are divided along county lines as pictured on the map.

Funding

The State Library of Ohio's total amount allocated the Regional Library Systems for FY 2013 is $582,469. Each regional receives $145,617.25.

These state dollars are to be used to fund the basics: provide a director, clerk treasurer, CE coordinator, facility rent, utilities and provide technical support to libraries through the Regional.

Services

The primary function of the Regional Library Systems is to provide library continuing education.

Special services and products have been developed by individual organizations and Regional Library Systems.  Regionals are encouraged to develop new models for sharing these services and products which might be of interest to libraries across the state.

Membership

All libraries, of all types, are considered "associate" or "core" members of the Regional Library System service area within which it falls geographically. These libraries have access to core services provided by the State Library and delivered through the Regional Library Systems.  Any additional library services and discounts are available through membership in the Regional Library Systems.

NORWELD members
NEO-RLS members
SWON Libraries members
SERLS membership

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