About the Library

photo of the front of the libraryThe Findlay-Hancock County Public Library was founded in 1888 and was originally located in the Hancock County Courthouse. The library opened to the public on January 27, 1890 . The library’s primary source of funding comes from the Public Library Fund, a portion of Ohio’s tax revenue distributed to each county to divide among its local public libraries. In addition, a local operating levy was passed by Hancock County residents in 2010.  The Main Library is located at 206 Broadway / Findlay, OH 45840.  419-422-1712.  / 419-422-0638 (fax)


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Management Staff

(Click name to view contact info)

Jeff Winkle – Director
Ron Struble – Fiscal Officer
Sarah Clevidence – Assistant Director / Adult Services Manager
Beth Horn - Circulation Services Manager
Cindy Romick – Children’s Services Manager
Luke Siefring – Facilities Manager
Kelly Young – Human Resources/Public Relations Manager
Lynnette Coppler – Audio Visual Services Manager
Sharon Mason – Technical Services Manager
Courtney Ward - Information Technology Services Manager


Board of Trustees

Mr. Roger Miller, President
Dr. James Darrach, Vice-President
Dr. Julie McIntosh, Secretary
Mr. Jerry Casey
Mrs. Diana Gassman
Mr. John J. Preston
Mrs. Rosemary Rooker


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Adult Classes & Events (see full calendar more programs)

    The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library is now offering one-on-one technology training. Patrons can register for their own 30-minute session with an Adult Services staff member to learn more about subjects such as Microsoft Office programs, e-mail, the Internet, resume writing, smart phones & tablets, Facebook, ebooks, Pinterest, digital magazines, and computer use.  The sessions will focus on basic skills. 
1712, ext. 245.  






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     “Hillbilly Elegy” has been chosen as the featured book for the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library’s 2018 CommunityREAD. J.D. Vance, New York Times Best-Selling Author of Hillbilly Elegy, will visit Hancock County on Thursday, March 22 during CommunityREAD month for a public presentation at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts.  
     J.D. Vance is an investor, commentator, and author of the #1 New York Times best seller “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis”, described by National Review as a “brilliant book” and by The Economist as “one of the most important” reads of 2016. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment have announced plans to produce a movie based on Vance’s book. The book has been on the New York Times Nonfiction Best Sellers list since July 2016. 
     “Hillbilly Elegy” is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.
     Raised by his working-class grandparents in Middletown, OH, Vance graduated from Middletown High School in 2003 and then immediately enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in the Marines, he deployed to Iraq in support if Operation Iraqi Freedom.
     When he finished his four-year enlistment, Vance enrolled at Ohio State University, where he studied political science and philosophy, and helped coordinate the university’s bipartisan voter education drive in 2008.  After graduating college, he studied at Yale Law School, where he worked at Yale’s Veterans Legal Services Clinic, providing free legal counsel to veterans of our nation’s wars in Vietnam and Iraq.  Vance earned his law degree in 2013.  
     After a stint at a large corporate law firm, Vance moved to San Francisco to work in the technology industry.  He serves as a principal at the leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm Mithril Capital, co-founded by Peter Thiel and Ajay Roan.  As an investor, Vance has taken a special interest in the biotechnology industry and other transformative sectors of the economy. 
     In early 2017, Vance joined as a partner in AOL founder Steve Case’s venture capital company, Revolution LLC, which concentrates on bolstering entrepreneurship and disruptive, high-growth companies outside of the sphere of Silicon Valley.  He also returned home to Ohio to found Our Ohio Renewal, a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the state’s opioid crisis and bringing high-quality employment and educational opportunities to Ohioans.
     He regularly discusses politics and public policy, having appeared on ABC, CBS, and FOX News, and currently serving as a contributor on CNN.  Vance lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and two dogs, where he works on his nonprofit and investment activities. 
     Copies of the “Hillbilly Elegy” are available for loan at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library and will be provided to area school libraries. Tickets for the March 22th event will be available on January 8 by visiting the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts ticket office or via the website at marathoncenterarts.org. All tickets will cost $10 and will feature reserved seating.   
   CommunityREAD is a month-long community event that encourages reading and promotes the benefits of literacy.  Originally created by the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation in 2003, the administration of CommunityREAD was assumed by the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library in 2012. Each year, a different book is chosen and read by community members during the month of March. Various events are planned throughout the month at the library and throughout the community.  CommunityREAD 2018 and J.D. Vances’s presentation are funded by a Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation grant, business and private sponsors, and the library’s general fund.  For further information about CommunityREAD, call the library at 419-422-1712.

Hillbilly Elegy Discussion Questions

Hillbilly Elegy (Read-alike)

Community READ History

Community READ was started in March 2003 as a way to celebrate the Community Foundation’s ten-year anniversary, bring attention to the fact that illiteracy is an issue in Findlay and Hancock County and help promote the HancockREADS endowment fund.  Local residents were asked to read and discuss a book and its related themes with friends and family during March of each year. Over the years, selected adult and children’s books have included:       

Previous CommunityREAD Selection

  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom and The Fall of Freddie the Leaf  by Leo Buscaglia (2003)​
  • The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews and The Traveler’s Gift by Mark Kimball Moulton (2004)
  • Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam and Blueberries for the Queen by John and Katherine Patterson (2005)
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson (2006)
  • Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde and Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed written by Emily Pearson (2007)
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis and The Lady in the Box by Ann McGovern (2008)
  • Marley & Me, Marley, A Dog Like No Other, and Bad Dog, Marley! all by John Grogan (2009)
  • Teach with your Heart by Erin Gruwell, The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg, Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco and Don’t Be Silly Mrs. Millie by Judy Cox (2010)
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, Best Friends Forever by Beverly Patt, A Place Where Sunflowers Grow by Amy Lee-Tai and Yoko’s Paper Cranes by Rosemary Wells (2011)
  • Still Alice by Lisa Genova, The Graduation of Jake Moon by Barbara Park and Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox (2012)
  • The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett, The Boy Who Grew Flowers by Jen Wojtowicz and Flower Garden by Even Bunting (2013)
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett, The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine, Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton, and Raul Colon and Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds (2014)
  • Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff, I Survived: Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941 by Lauren Tarshis, I'm the Scariest Thing in the Jungle! by David G. Derrick, Jr., Jungle of Bones by Ben Mikaelsen (2015)
  • The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.  Sean Covey, Executive Vice President of Global Solutions and Partnerships for FranklinCovey, was the feature event speaker.

In December 2011, The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation approached the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library about assuming the administration of CommunityREAD in 2013 with the understanding that the Community Foundation would continue to support CommunityREAD through the grant process.  In January 2012, the library Board of Trustees approved the library becoming the program administrator.

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Employment Opportunities

There are no openings at this time.  

Employment inquiries can be made to Kelly Young.  419-424-7051 ext. 248 or kyoung@findlaylibrary.org

Employment Application (PDF)

  • The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer Male/Female/Disabled/Vet.
  • If you are an individual with a disability and are unable to complete the application process, you may contact the Administration Office.

If you have passion for literacy and are interested in learning more about a career in public libraries, check out the college guides listed below created by BestColleges.com: 




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Friends of the Library


For information about the Friends of the Library, call 419-422-1712 ext. 248.

Who are the Friends?

♦The Friends of the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Library and its relationship to the community.
♦The Friends are enthusiastic supporters united by a common concern for the well-being of the Library.
♦As a Friend, your annual dues enable special Library programs to continue and expand. The Friends also welcome donations, gifts, memorials, and bequests for the enhancement of the Library.
♦Donations are also welcome to the Friends of the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Fund at the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation.

What the Friends Do

♦The Friends help promote the Library, develop activities, present special programs, and encourage reading and use of the Library.
♦The Friends sponsor special library programs as well as staff development and staff recognition.
♦The Friends raise funds through memberships, gifts, sales in the Book Cellar, and proceeds from the Friends-owned Library copy machines.
♦The Friends manage and staff the Book Cellar where we sell gently used books.
♦The Friends conduct used book sales in the spring and fall.
♦The Friends meet three times each year: February (the annual meeting), May and September. We encourage your attendance at these meetings to enjoy interesting presentations, share ideas, volunteer for programs, and keep up-to-date on Library activities.

Friends of the Library Bookstore:

Located in the Main Library's lower level.

Monday: 10:00AM - 7:30PM
Wednesday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 10:00 - 3:00PM


Why You Should Be a Friend

♦Your contribution of time and money not only benefits the Library but also your community.
♦You will be invited to a special preview sale for members only during the semi-annual book sales.
♦You will be given advance notice if upcoming Friends events and receive the organizations newsletter.
♦Your annual membership dues and gifts are tax deductible.

Members Receive Half-off every Monday in the Book Cellar.

Membership Dues
$5.00 - Full-time student
$15.00 - Individual
$25.00 - Family
$5.00 - Senior Citizen (60+)
$35.00 - Contributing
$50.00 - Sustaining
$100.00 - Patron
$250.00+ - Benefactor

The Friends of the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Fund

In 1995 the Friends of the Library contributed $10,000 to The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation to establish the Friends of the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Fund, a fund that has grown considerably since that time through appreciation and further donations. Gifts made through the Community Foundation offer the tax advantages of the 501 (c) (3) status. Only the proceeds of the Fund are granted to the library and principal of your gift will be the foundation of a legacy that will benefit library users in perpetuity. Gifts to the Friends of the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Fund may be tailored to fit each donor’s individual needs. Gifts are gratefully accepted in the form of cash, retirement plan assets, life insurance, appreciated stock or real estate. Further information about the Friends of the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Fund and the Community Foundation is available at 419-425-1100.


If you enjoy the Library and want to support its programs and its role in your community, please consider joining our Friends Group, you can download a copy of our membership form below.

Friends Membership Form (PDF)






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Getting a Library Card

It is simple to obtain a Findlay-Hancock County Public Library card.  Please visit the check-out desk for assistance.  Applicants are required to present two forms of identification, one of which shows their current mailing address.  It is necessary for an applicant under the age of 18 to have a parent present when applying for a library card.  Cardholders are required to comply with library rules and regulations and are responsible for all material checked out on their card.  For more information, please call 419-422-1712. 

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Hours and Locations

Findlay - Main Library

206 Broadway
Findlay, OH 45840

Click Here for driving directions.


Monday - Thursday: 9:30AM to 8:30PM
Friday: 9:30AM to 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:30AM to 5:00PM
Sunday: 1:00PM to 5:00PM


Findlay - Book Cellar
Friends of the Library Bookstore

Located in the Main Library's lower level.

Monday: 10:00AM to 7:30PM
Wednesday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 10:00 - 3:00PM




Arlington Branch


232 N Main St
Arlington, OH 45814

Click Here for driving directions.


Monday - Thursday: 11:00AM to 7:00PM
Friday - Saturday: 11:00AM to 5:00PM
Sunday: Closed






Children's Department at the Arlington Branch



Arcadia 3:00-4:15
Van Buren 4:45-6:00

Vanlue 3:00-4:15
Mt. Blanchard 4:45-6:00

Mt. Cory 3:00-4:15
Benton Ridge 4:45-6:00

Jenera 3:00-4:15
Rawson 4:45-6:00





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Library History

Findlay-Hancock County Public Library History 1888-Present

Established on April 16, 1888

The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library was established on April 16, 1888 by an act of the Ohio General Assembly and opened its doors to the public on January 27, 1890 in a basement room of the Hancock County Courthouse.

The Early Years

In the early 1900's Andrew Carnegie began his philanthropic efforts to construct public libraries by providing money to communities across the country. In 1906, he offered $3,500 per year for maintenance. Unfortunately (for long forgotten reasons), this opportunity was allowed to slip away. Over 13 years later, a library representative contacted Mr. Carnegie, only months before his death, but by that time he was no longer funding library construction.


Finally, in 1935 the Findlay Public Library moved from the Courthouse basement into the old Post Office building on Broadway. Built in 1906, the building was purchased from the federal government for $50,000. Also in 1935, Ohio libraries began receiving state funding from the intangibles tax.


By the mid '60's the need for a new library building was apparent, as stated in a 1964 report issued by the Hancock Regional Planning Commission. In 1970, a library-financed study considered eight locations and recommended the Phoenix Hotel. In 1971, under the leadership of a new director, the library hired an architect.


In 1973, the library was officially sanctioned by the state as a county district library and changed its name to the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library (FHCPL). Also in that year, early steps were taken toward computerization when the library joined the Ohio College Library Center (OCLC).


During this period, a change in directorship delayed any construction ideas and eventually the idea of a new library in a new location died. In 1978, however, under the new director, George W. Stanbery, the library constructed an addition.

June 14, 1981 Flood

The library lost 13,000 children’s books and $50,000 in equipment and furnishings in the Children's Room after a flood hit Findlay.


 In 1985 Hancock County's first full-service branch library was opened in Arlington as the library entered its 50th year of extension service. During 1986 and 1987 under the auspices of a grant of nearly $20,000 from the Cleveland Foundation's L. Dale. Dorney Fund, FHCPL commissioned a study to evaluate its facilities and services and create a comprehensive long-range plan. The study's areas of emphasis were: 1) renovation and expansion of the main library; 2) automation of library operations; 3) bookmobile service; and 4) the feasibility of establishing Sunday hours.


Four Apple 2+ terminals were purchased for public use and the first computer lab installed was in the basement.



Automation progressed with the purchase of the Dynix system in late 1988. Registration for new bar coded library cards began almost immediately. Computer equipment was installed in early 1989 and in September of that year FHCPL went on-line with a computerized catalog for both staff and public use, as well as an automated check-out system. Another small Dorney Fund grant paid for programs to educate the public in the use of the new system. A new computer lab opened for the public in the new building with 9 PCs for public use.


Based upon survey data, it was determined that the library should remain in its present downtown location but due to the expense of renovation, only the 1978 addition should be retained in the final structure. Bonds were issued through an innovative lease-purchase agreement with Hancock County--one of the first of its kind for a county district library in Ohio. The ground breaking for what came to be known as Phase I took place in July 1989.


 In January of 1990, the month which marked the library's 100th anniversary of public service, FHCPL was finally able to purchase its first "real" bookmobile. The bookmobile currently serves eight county locations on a weekly basis: Arcadia, Benton Ridge, Jenera, Mt. Blanchard, Mt. Cory, Rawson, Van Buren and Vanlue.


Phase I of the newly renovated main library was partially finished in July of 1990, but not fully occupied and opened to the public until October. Construction of Phase II commenced that same month. Phase II was initially occupied in July of 1991 and completely furnished by August. The complete building features all public services on one level, full accessibility for handicapped individuals, a community room, bookmobile garage and covered parking for the public. The completed new library facility was dedicated October 6, 1991. Sunday hours began on October 6, 1991.

January 3, 1991

The library lost all of the carpeting in the lower level. Three inches of sewer water flowed through the lower level.  No books were lost.


The Dynix library software has a major upgrade, and new equipment was installed.

June 12, 1997

The library lost all carpeting in the basement due to sewer water flowing through the lower level. Carpet was replaced in the Administration Office. Tile was placed in the hallway and break room. Category 5 wiring was installed throughout the building for NT network of ten Office PCs.


The card catalog was added to the website and automated phone notice capability was installed.

August 22, 2007

A 100 year flood hits Hancock County. Lost entire basement: Administration, Technical Services, Book Cellar, Adult Services Offices, and Maintenance. All services were lost: phones, internet, boiler, electric, HVAC etc.

March 15, 2008

Mitigation: Began the rebuild of the basement and Community Room.

January 11, 2009

The Library Board of Trustees hosted a Grand Re-Opening of the Main Library.

A Historical List~~
Library Directors of the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library

Nellie Baker 1888-1902
Mary Belle Morrison 1902-1939
Catherine L. Achord 1939-1971
Miss Edwards
G.W. Stanberry 1974-1984
Alice Bakies and Mary Morrison (Co-Interim) 1984
Luren Dickinson 1985-1996
Mary Morrison (Interim) 1996
Sybil Galer 1997-2007
Carol Dunn (Interim) 2007-2008
Jeff Winkle 2009-Present

125th Anniversary Celebration.  January 27, 2015

The library was recognized in many ways on Tuesday, January 27 at the 125th anniversary celebration. The honors include:

• January 27 was officially designated Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Day by the Mayor and the County Commissioners.

• The library received a flag flown over the U.S. Capital from Congressman Robert Latta.

• The library was officially commended by both the State Senate and the State House of Representatives.

Jeff Winkle, Director, spoke at a reception and was quoted as saying "we never take for granted how blessed we are to work in a county-wide community that values reading. Findlay and Hancock County people are special. Our friends and neighbors believe in reading, education, family and hard work. The library is proud to support those attributes every day. On behalf of the administration and staff I thank the community for supporting the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library."








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Library Newsletter (BookEnds)

Click below for our bi-monthly BookEnds newsletter or subscribe below to receive via email.

Library Newsletter (PDF) Bi-monthly newsletter, BookEnds.  

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Mission Statement and Values

The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library encourages and supports lifelong reading, viewing and listening in the pursuit of knowledge and joy.

Values of the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library

  • We value free and open access to the library and library services for all citizens.
  • We value our patrons by serving them equally, respectfully and with a friendly attitude.
  • We value lifelong learning and reading for joy.
  • We value the privacy of our patrons.
  • We value our community by playing an active role in improving quality of life.






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One-on-One Computer Training

     Patrons can register for their own 30-minute session with an Adult Services staff member to learn more about subjects such as Microsoft Office programs, e-mail, the Internet, resume writing, smart phones & tablets, Facebook, ebooks, Pinterest, and computer use.  The sessions will focus on basic skills. 
     Patrons are limited to one session per month.  Each session focuses on one subject; patrons can choose what specific issues they want to learn about within the class selected. The classes are intended for hands-on training meant to address individual questions. For more information or to register, call the Adult Services Department at 419-422-1712, ext. 245.  
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Library Parking

Free ample parking is available in front of the library on Broadway (two-hour limit), in the library lot at the corner of West Front and South Cory Streets or in the library parking garage accessible at the rear of the library from South Cory Street.


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Read for L.I.F.E. (Adult Literacy Program)

Read for L.I.F.E. is a program of the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library designed to improve literacy in Hancock County.  The program uses volunteers trained to act as tutors on a one-on-one basis with adult non-readers.  Our tutoring services are free. Scroll down to the bottom to view/print a PDF of the student application and/or the tutor application.  


READ FOR L.I.F.E. (Literacy Is For Everyone) FACTS: READ FOR L.I.F.E. (Literacy Is For Everyone) FACTS:

·        RFL is an adult literacy program established in 1987 to provide reading instruction for adults who are unable to read for have limited reading ability.

·        RFL recruits and trains volunteers to serve as one-on-one tutors for adults who want to learn to read.  

·        RFL promotes literacy within the Findlay-Hancock County Community and seeks out adults who want to learn to read.  

·        RFL is a member of the Ohio Literacy Network, ProLiteracy America, and Hancock County's Literacy Coalition.  

·        The estimate of those lacking basic literacy for the state of Ohio is 9% of the population; In Hancock County 8% or 4,000-4,500 individuals.  

·        Each student is given books to work in the area matched to his/her own needs and abilities.  Tutors can help students with reading, math, writing, social studies, English as a second language, GED, and citizenship.

·         It is estimated that adult students' reading scores improve approximately one grade level with 35 to 45 hours of tutoring.  

Referrals:  The RFL referral process - three easy steps.  1.  Students are referred to by friends, the library, Owens Community College and other community organizations.  2.  Students meet with Administrator to determine appropriate learning materials.  3.  Students and tutor meet and begin lessons.  

Other Read for L.I.F.E. Programs: Read for L.I.F.E. will also provide tutors to those incarcerated in the Hancock County Jail. LETB (Learn English Through the Bible) is a 30-week ESL class and bible study held at St. John's Evangelical Church.  Class starts in the fall.  Contact the Read for L.I.F.E. office for more information.  Read for L.I.F.E. collaborates with many Hancock County Community Organizations such as: Bridges Out of poverty, Summer Smart Lunch Series, Hancock County Coordinating Council, University of Findlay Service Learning

Students-Services include: reading, math, writing, social studies, and speaking English. Services are available to anyone 18 years or older living or working in Hancock County. There is no fee for tutoring services or books. 

Volunteering-Volunteers are needed.  Read for L.I.F.E. is looking for individuals who are able to volunteer two hours per week and make a one year commitment to the program.  Before tutors are matched with a student, they must complete a one time tutor training class given at the library. For information on the next training session, contact Mrs. Kristy Szkudlarek at 419-422-1712 or readforlife@findlaylibrary.org

Donors:  Tax deductible financial contributions can be made to: the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Read for L.I.F.E. Fund at: c/o The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation. 101 W. Sandusky Street, Suite 207. Findlay, Ohio 45840. 

Student Application (PDF)

Tutor Application (PDF)

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SEO Participating Libraries

Click here for a list of the SEO Participating Libraries.

The SEO (Serving Every Ohioan) Library Center, located in Caldwell, supports a consortium of 93 Library systems at 237 physical locations throughout 46 counties across Ohio using the OPLIN network.
The power of this consortium resides in resource sharing among consortia members allowing small and rural library systems to have access to millions of items for their patrons free of charge.






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Circulation Policies

Borrowing Policies

The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library welcomes you to enjoy the benefits of its services and resources. Listed below are the Library's policies and procedures on borrowing.

Loan Periods

Magazines - 7 days (Currently displayed magazines do not circulate)
Music CDs - 28 days
Books on Compact Disc-28 day
DVD and Blu-Ray- 7 days (Must have parent or guardian signature if under 18)
Books - 28 days / eBooks-21 days (you may choose a shorter loan period)
Browsing items cannot be renewed and have special loan periods.  Limit 50 items

The Book drop is available to patrons at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library and the Arlington Branch. Both book drops are located at the front entrances.

Reference material, including our Local and Family History collection do not circulate. These items are kept in the library for the use of all patrons at all times.

Library cards
Patrons are required to comply with all rules and regulations and are responsible for all material checked out on their card.
Everyone under the age of 18 is required to have a parent's signature when applying for a library card. Anyone who presents two forms of identification, one of which shows their current mailing address, may apply for a free library card.

Reserving Materials
If the item you want is not on the shelf, you may wish to place a hold on it. You may place the hold yourself at any public terminal. You will be notified when the item is available. Once the item comes in, you have seven days in which to pick it up.

Renewing Materials
All materials may be renewed four times if they are not on hold for someone else. Items may be renewed in person or by telephone at: 422-1712.  Items may also be renewed online. 

Statement of Responsibility
By acceptance of your library card you agree to be responsible for all library materials borrowed with your card.
Immediately notify the Library in the event of loss, theft, or possible unauthorized use of the card. If the card is issued to a person under 18, the parent or guardian agrees to be responsible for the person's selection, use and return of library materials.

Interlibrary loan
Items not owned by the Findlay-Hancock County Library system can often be borrowed from another library. Check at the Reference desk for further details.

Fees for Overdue, Lost or Damaged Materials
The following rates apply to adult, young adult, and juvenile materials.

Overdue Rates
 Books, magazines, compact discs, computer software, books on CD - $ .10 per day
 DVDs and Blu-Rays - $ .10 per day
(You are encouraged to return your overdue materials even if you cannot pay for them at that time. The computer will record your outstanding charges.)

Lost or Damaged Items
 · Lost or damaged materials - Cost of the item
 · Missing or defaced bar code - $.50
 · Damaged AV container - $1.00
 · Media bag - $2.00
 · Missing Insert--$1.00






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Computer Usage Guidelines


1. Patrons must sign in each time they use an Internet station. 
2. “Visitors” to the library may present valid form of identification, i.e. a driver’s license. 
3. Patrons may access their own e-mail account through the library’s Internet stations. 
4. Patrons may print information from the Internet workstations for 10 cents per page. 
5. If a patron is under 18 a parent or guardian must sign an Internet permission form in person and present it at the Circulation desk. 
1. The Internet computers will be used for educational, informational and recreational purposes only. 
2. The Internet computers cannot be used for unauthorized, illegal or unethical purposes.  Patrons may not send or receive or display text or graphics, which may reasonably be construed to be obscene. 
3. The databases available through the Internet cover a highly diverse range of subjects.  Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information.  Databases may be limited to a particular institution, have changed addresses or closed down. Patrons use the Internet at their own risk. 
4. As with other library materials, it is the parents or legal guardian of minor children who assume responsibility for supervising access to Internet resources in the library. 
Misuse of the library’s computers or Internet Policies and Acceptable Use Guidelines will result in the loss of computer privileges.


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Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library (FHCPL) website is provided for information purposes only.

FHCPL collects no personal information from website visitors. FHCPL uses cookies to collect traffic data for analysis, and FHCPL uses Google Analytics to track general use, but does not track or permanently record information about individuals and their visits.

While the information contained within the website is periodically updated, no guarantee is given that the information provided in the website is correct, complete, and up-to-date.

Through the website you are able to link to other websites which are not under the control of FHCPL. We have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.

All users of the website agree to hold FHCPL harmless from any and all claims, losses, damages, obligations or liabilities, directly or indirectly relating to the website and/or the networked information available via the website, caused thereby or arising therefrom. In no event shall FHCPL Have any liability for lost profits or for indirect, special, punitive, or consequential damages or any liability to any third party, even if FHCPL is advised of the possibility of such damages.

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Public Record Policy

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Services (Rooms, Copies, Faxing, Printing, Scanning, Computers)

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Meeting Rooms

To reserve a meeting room please contact the administration office at 419-422-1712, ext. 248.

 Meeting Room Policy (click here) (PDF)

Tutor Rooms - Tutor Room Policy (PDF)

There are three tutor rooms that can be booked through the Adult Services department, to schedule a room at 419-422-1712 ext .245.







The Lindamood Room accommodates approximately 60 people.  No social events can be booked such as birthday parties, baby/bridal showers, etc.  There is a non-solicitation policy that prohibits the exchange of money, products or services (see meeting room policy) for more information.  

Lindamood Room:











The Blanchard Room accommodates approximately 25 people.  See Meeting Room Policy for more information. 














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Copy Machines/BookScan Station

The BookScan Station makes it easy to make digital copies of all of your documents or photos, and it's free! Located in the Adult Services Department, the BookScan station is a user-friendly, self-service scanning kiosk. 

What Can It Do?

• Scan documents, books, photos, and more on a flatbed scanner or a document feeder.
• Personalize scan options:
– Save as PDF, Word, TIFF, or JPEG.
– Scan in Black & White, Grayscale, or Color.
– Choose resolution: Standard, High Quality, or Photo Quality.
• Perform basic editing after scanning (zoom, fit, crop, or rotate).
• Send or save your scanned items to email, USB flash drive, smartphone/tablet, printing and faxing (printing and faxing fees apply).
• Send a fax for .50 cents per page.  International faxes are $1.00 per page. Please note that faxes cannot be received at the library.


Copy Machines

There are two copy machines available for public use. They are located near the checkout and reference desk areas.

Standard letter size prints are 10 cents per copy -- legal size 15 cents.








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Outreach Services

In addition to our Bookmobile and the Arlington Branch Library, Outreach Services offers the following:

•At Home Services
•Nursing Home Services
•Talking Book machines for the visually impaired
•Jail Services

    For hours and locations for the Bookmobile services, click here.

    For information on long and short term home deliveries, contact us.

    For information about Homebound services, click here.




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    Public Computers


    The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library offers 30 public computers with free Internet access and Microsoft Office applications.
    Using a Public Computer:
    A valid library card from the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library or other SEO member library is required to use computers in the Library. If you live in Findlay and do not have a valid library card, you may apply at the Circulation Desk. Proper identification is required.
    Visitors to the Library may obtain a temporary “Guest” pass for the day by presenting proper photo identification, please visit the Adult Reference desk for assistance. 
    Patrons may walk-up and sign in to any available computer labeled as "Available" on the screen. To reserve time on a public computer, sign up online or visit the library location and use the designated PC Reservation Station. Reservations may be made for the same day and/or in advance for the following two days. Please note the start time and computer number of your reservation.
    Sessions: To ensure access to as many users as possible, patrons are allowed a maximum of two one hour sessions per person per day. All Internet sessions time out automatically at the end of a session.
    Reservations for a one-hour session may be made using the Library’s online reservation system.
    Be on Time: Please be aware that the reservation system gives you only a 10-minute grace period for your assigned session. If you are more than 10 minutes late, or do not show up at all, your reservation will be canceled and you will forfeit that reservation. If you are not able to keep your reservation, you should cancel it online or by contacting the branch, so that you don’t lose one of your two sessions for the day.








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    Tax Forms

    The library offers many basic Federal and Ohio State Income Tax forms and publications for distribution. For more information, click here.






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    PrinterOn Mobile Print Service

    The PrinterOn mobile printing solution makes the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library's public printer available to our patrons without having to connect to our network or install printer drivers.  Submit documents or photos for printing from any Wi-Fi or Internet connected device (smartphone, tablet, laptop) no matter where you are.  Come to the library within 24 hours to release and pick up your document in the library at the Print Release Station.  
    How to use PrinterOn from a PC:
    1.  Begin by visiting:  http://www.printeron.net/fhcpl/main
    2.  Choose your printer:
          Black and White - 0.10 per page
          Color - 0.50 per page
    3.  Enter your email address.
    4.  Browse your computer to find and select the file you wish to print.
    5.  Click the green print icon.
    6.  You will see the status of your print job and a reference number.
    7.  Within 24 hours, come to the Library Print Release Station.
    8.  At the Self Service Station, select “Release a Print Job”.
    9.  Enter the email address you supplied.
    10.  Select the print job you wish to print.  Note: You will not be able to edit your document.
    11.  Select print.
    12.  Insert money into the vending machine and select pay from vending device.
    13. Your print job will be printed!
    How to Use the PrinterOn App:
    1. Install the PrinterOn App.
    2.  Open the PrinterOn App.
    3.  Click “No printer selected”.
    4. Click “Search”.  Search for “45840”.
    5.  Find Findlay-Hancock County Public Library and click “Color - 0.50 per page” (Color) printer, save.
    6.  Find Findlay-Hancock County Public Library again and click to add the “Black and White - 0.10 per page” (black and white) printer.
    7.  To print a document: when viewing the document, click in the upper right corner and upload the document to the PrinterOn App.
    8.  To print a photo from your phone: open the app, click on “photo” and select a photo to print.
    9.  To print from the web: open the app, click “web” and enter the URL of the site you wish to print.
    10.  Select which printer you wish to print to.
    11.  Click the print icon in the upper right corner.
    12.  Enter an email address and click on the check mark.
    13.  You will receive a notice that the job started, and shortly after another message stating “Job Success”.
    14.  Come to the Print Release Station at the library within 24 hours.
    15.  At the Self Service Station, select “Release a Print Job”.
    16.  Enter the email address you supplied.
    17.  Select the print job you wish to print.  Note: You will not be able to edit your document.
    16.  Select print.
    17.  Insert money into the vending machine and select pay from vending device.
    18.  Your print job will be printed!
    Connect to the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Printer: http://www.printeron.net/fhcpl/main
    PrinterOn App available at the iTunes App Store or Android Marketplace - Get it now!
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    Severe Weather Policy

    The library will follow the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department’s Road Warning Level’s for closing during inclimate weather.  Local media will be informed whenever library hours are altered.   Weather Advisories may be obtained by calling 419-421-8888 ext. 2424.  

    Level 1 Alert – The Library is open. The Bookmobile may not operate.

    Level 2 Advisory – The Library is open at 10:00AM to 5:00PM. The Bookmobile will not operate.

    Level 3 Emergency – The Library is closed. The Bookmobile will not operate.

    Please listen to your local radio stations for closing announcements due to inclement weather conditions.

    WFIN/WKXA Weather Delays/Alerts

    Blanchard River Water Level Link

    Library Status






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    With funding from the Friends of the Library and expertise from the Millstream Astronomy Club, the Library will be launched a Lending Telescope Program on June 22, 2017. The goal of the program is to help foster scientific literacy, stimulate an interest in astronomy, and provide people who have never looked through a telescope the chance to experience the excitement that comes from discovery.

    Patrons, age eighteen years or older with a valid Findlay-Hancock County Public Library card, will be able check out the telescope for a two-week period.  Because of the cost of the telescope, there are requirements and restrictions when checking it out through the Adult Services Department. For more information, contact the Adult Services Department at 419-422-1712.

    The New Hampshire Astronomical Society started placing telescopes and educational materials in selected libraries in New Hampshire in December 2008 Today over 100 telescopes are loaned from libraries in New Hampshire and the program is spreading to other states.

    Telescope Lending Agreement (PDF) 

    Telescope Travel Agreement (PDF)

    The Night Sky Network Website:

    The Night Sky Network is a nationwide coalition of amateur astronomy clubs bringing the science, technology, and inspiration of NASA's missions to the general public.  Check out the link below for more information about the website:

    NASA Night Sky Planner


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    Strategic Plan

    In August of 2014 the administration of the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library began the formal strategic planning process for 2015-2017. As in the 2011-2014 plan, the framework used to develop the plan was the Strategic Planning for Results format developed specifically for libraries in conjunction with the Public Library Association. The process is a collaborative effort between community residents, the Board of Trustees, and the library staff.


    During September of 2014 the library’s Board of Trustees, the library staff, and a Community Planning Committee, made up of community members representing various stakeholders and constituencies, met in separate sessions to identify community needs. To specifically address community needs the Strategic Planning for Results process divides the services performed by libraries into eighteen categories, or service responses. The final three needs, or service responses, as identified by the Community Planning Committee were:


    Create Young Readers: Early Literacy

    Children from birth to five will have programs and services designed to ensure that they will enter school ready to learn to read, write, and listen.


    Know Your Community:  Community Resources and Services 

    Residents will have a central source for information about the wide variety of programs, services, and activities provided by community agencies and organizations.


    Stimulate Imagination: Reading, Viewing, and Listening for Pleasure

    Residents who want materials to enhance their leisure time will find what they want when and where they want them and will have the help they need to make choices from among the options.


    Based on the conversations held by the Board of Trustees and Community Planning Committee meetings, and on the recommendation of the State Library of Ohio consultants, an additional service response was added:


    Make Career Choices:  Job and Career Development 

    Adults and teens will have the skills and resources they need to identify career opportunities that suit their individual strengths and interests.

    Click here for the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan (PDF)







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    Support the Library (donations/memorials/volunteer)

    Serving the Community Since 1890. Thank you for your support.  Please click on a link below to learn how you can help support your library!


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    Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Fund

    The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Fund at the Community Foundation of Hancock County is the preferred vehicle for making larger gifts to the library. Gifts made through the Community Foundation offer the tax advantages of the 501 (c) (3) status. Only the proceeds of the Fund are granted to the library and principal of your gift will be the foundation of a legacy that will benefit library users in perpetuity. Gifts to the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Fund may be tailored to fit each donor’s individual needs. Gifts are gratefully accepted in the form of cash, retirement plan assets, life insurance, appreciated stock or real estate. Further information about the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Fund and the Community Foundation is available at 419-425-1100.  Click on the link below or the logo to learn more.







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    Memorials and Honorariums

    The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library appreciates the opportunity to be part of a lasting tribute that will be enjoyed by the entire community.  Patrons often donate to the library to purchase a book(s) for a deceased family member, friend, or co-worker.  Other patrons donate to purchase a book(s) in honor of retirements, birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions.  

    Donors may suggest specific titles or subjects for memorials/honorariums or allow our professional selectors to choose appropriate items.  A special bookplate will be placed in each donated book identifying the person being memorialized or honored, as well as the name of the donors.  

    Donations may also be given for larger items, such as shelving, furniture or equipment.  Persons wishing to make larger donations $100 or more may also wish to consider a gift to the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Fund at the Community Foundation.  Memorials or Honorariums may be made online, by mail or in-person using the form below.

    Click here to complete the Honorarium Donation Form.

    Click here to complete the Memorial Donation Form. 






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    Volunteer Opportunities

    Are you interested in volunteering at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library? Please contact the Administrative Services office at 419-422-1712 ext. 248 for volunteer opportunities.  

    The following opportunities are available:  Read for L.I.F.E. tutoring, The used book shop, (The Book Cellar), and shelf reading. 

    Volunteer Brochure (PDF)




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