About

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WHO WE ARE

The Toledo Lucas County Public Library is the area leader of information, education and inspiration. By providing an open and equitable access to our collection, all of Northwest Ohio can enjoy 'The People's University.' Home to the fifth largest collection in the state of Ohio, the Toledo Lucas County Public Library offers something for everyone, including:

  • Adult book discussion groups
  • Enrichment for adults on a variety of topics
  • Storytimes for children
  • Programs for elementary school aged children and teens
  • Computers for reference, database searching, word processing, and Internet access
  • Meeting rooms for community use
  • Teacher collections

STRATEGIC PLAN

The Library Board of Trustees has adopted a Strategic Plan that will serve as a roadmap for the next few years.

MISSION

Engage all of our communities, inspire lifelong learning, and provide universal access to a broad range of information, ideas, and entertainment.

VISION

To continue evolving Library services to best meet the needs of the many and diverse communities we serve and be a catalyst for positive change in all corners of Toledo and Lucas County.

VALUES

In all of our efforts we will seek to build an organizational culture that is…

Welcoming - The Library respects and values diversity, equity, and fairness.
Innovative - The Library encourages creativity, experimentation, and new ideas to better serve the residents and customers.
Objective - The Library supports the free exchange of information and ideas.
Accountable - The Library takes responsibility for its actions and services.
Collaborative - The Library works with others to strengthen Toledo and Lucas County.

ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)

Doing Business with the Library

We’re reimagining our Library spaces to meet the changing needs of our community. Take a look at some of our recent renovations and catch a glimpse at current and future projects. Do you work in the industry? Learn how you can do business with the Library.

Projects and Bids

Employment

Our Library has served Lucas County residents for more than 175 years. Our System consists of Main Library, located in downtown Toledo and 18 branches located throughout Lucas County. We are the fifth largest library system in Ohio and offer a wide variety of services as well as excellent employment opportunities.

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POLICIES

Library Director

Clyde Scoles

Clyde Scoles

419.259.5256
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Library champion. Buckeye and Wolverine. Eternally inquisitive.

With over 45 years of experience, Mr. Scoles has dedicated his career to championing Ohio libraries. He has served as TLCPL Director since 1985 and in previous leadership roles at Columbus Metropolitan and Zanesville libraries, the Ohio Legislative Reference Bureau, the American Library Association, OHIONET Inc., and the Ohio Library Council. Mr. Scoles also served as an Adjunct Professor at Kent State University’s School of Library Science, the University of Michigan’s School of Information, and Wayne State University’s School of Information Science. He is the author of several articles and publications in professional journals and was the recipient of the Outstanding Service Humanitarian Award from Toledo Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa. Mr. Scoles holds degrees from both The Ohio State University and the University of Michigan. A true lifelong learner, he has led TLCPL into the future by continually investing in new technologies and resources which keep the library a relevant and vital institution.

Library Deputy Director

Jason Kucsma

Jason Kucsma

419.259.5256
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Strategy nerd. Library advocate. Father of twins.

Mr. Kucsma brings years of progressive librarianship to TLCPL. His work with public service administrators is focused on providing essential programs and services to our growing community of library customers. Mr. Kucsma led TLCPL in developing its new strategic plan, which will lead the library through 2020. As former Executive Director of the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), he managed a team of informational professionals in the service of more than 250 libraries and helped start Empire State Digital Network, the state’s conduit to the Digital Public Library of America. Mr. Kucsma has a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University. He has served on American Library Association’s Digital Content Working Group and the Office of Information Technology Policy Advisory Committee. He and his wife, Megan Plesea, have already instilled a love of reading in their twins, who can often be seen with a library book in hand.

Board of Trustees

Sheila Odesky
President

Sheila Odesky

A. Randy Clay
Vice President

A. Randy Clay

George R. Tucker
Secretary

George R. Tucker

Michael P. Dansack, Jr.
Board Member

Michael P. Dansack, Jr.

Dennis G. Johnson
Board Member

Dennis G. Johnson

Jesus Salas
Board Member

Jesus Salas

Susan M. Savage
Board Member

Susan M. Savage

The Toledo Lucas County Board of Trustees generally meet on the fourth Thursday of each month. All meetings are open to the public, in accordance with Ohio's Sunshine Law. Meetings begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Board Room of the administrative offices at Main Library, 325 Michigan St., unless otherwise announced.

2016 Board Meeting Schedule

January 28, Main Library Board Room    
February 25, Main Library Board Room
March 24, Main Library Board Room
April 28, Point Place Branch
May 26, Waterville Branch
June 23, Lagrange Branch
July 28, Mott Branch
August, No meeting
September 22, Holland Branch
October 27, King Road Branch
November 17, Main Library Board Room    (Note - one week early)
December 15, Main Library Board Room    (Note - one week early)

Board Minutes
January 28, 2016
February 24, 2016
March 24, 2016
April 28, 2016
May 26, 2016
June 23, 2016
July 28, 2016
September 22, 2016
October 27, 2016
November 17, 2016

HONORS AND ACHIEVEMENTS