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Library Levy Passes! Thank You for Keeping Your Library Safe, Strong, and Shining Bright! The Library Levy, Issue 4, passed with almost 55% of the vote.

As promised in the campaign, restoring hours that had to be cut when funds declined will be a top priority. Having our libraries open when you need them is so important. This process will take a little time, but be assured we are working on it.

It’s important to note that funds which will be generated by the passage of this levy will not begin to be distributed to the Library for some months. We are aiming to reinstate hours by the end of the first quarter of 2011 and are working on the process now.

Remember that the Library lost 30 staff members due to budget cuts, which left the library system short-staffed and unable to maintain the hours we had been open. Reinstating hours will require a new evaluation of staffing needs, then hiring and training appropriate staff. Your patience is appreciated while we begin the process of making your libraries more accessible.

The Library has been responsible with the funds entrusted to it and will continue to provide services and materials you need and want, especially now, when libraries are needed more than ever. Thank you for your support.


The Library is an Investment in the Community; 
Levy was Needed to Keep Mahoning County's Libraries Viable

To learn more about why the the 1.8-mill operating levy, passed Nov. 2, 2010, was needed, what would have happened if it failed, what will be done now that it has passed, click on the links below.

The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County is debt free and fiscally responsible. With the economic downturn in 2009, hours were been cut, salaries reduced, staff laid off.

Overview of the importance of the levy

Facts about the Library Levy

View photos of Library Levy Events
Questions and Answers on the Library Levy **The Vindicator endorses the Library Levy!**


reading book  Books and more. Combined total of over a million books, CDs, DVDs, videos, video games and audio books available. view our Books & More section...
boys reading    Online catalog. The Library’s complete catalog is available for browsing online — every item in the system and which branch has it. Not at your branch? Reserve the item and have it shipped there so you can pick it up. view the Library Catalog...
Laptop  Your account online. View due dates for everything you’ve checked out, and renew items from the comfort of your home — no Library visit necessary! view your account...
Learning  Free Internet access for every Mahoning County resident at every Library branch. For many, the Library is their only Internet access, and they rely on it heavily for email, job applications, access to government programs and so much more. get a Library Card - your ticket to online access...
Business people  Personalized help from a Reference Librarian by phone or in person to help find the information you want and need from multiple sources — beyond the Internet. Nothing matches a live person helping you one-on-one. Get Answers...
Baby with Book  Children. Baby Brilliant programs begin as young as six months, and help kids get a head start on reading and gaining the knowledge they need to succeed in life. Toddlers, pre-schoolers and elementary students enjoy a wealth of fun and educational activities at the Library. Summer Reading programs help kids keep skills sharp when they’re out of school. Library Kidsville page...
Teenagers Teens. The TeenXTreme program for grades 7-12 offers programs and projects that teens will love. Teens can also get involved with TAB, the Teen Advisory Board, a group that helps the library’s teen librarians with planning and projects. Teen XTreme...
Computer Research  Adults. Library programs such as Lunch and Learn and Conversation Salons keep residents engaged with their neighbors, and the community and provide opportunities for lifelong learning.
Senior   Seniors. For older Mahoning County residents and the disabled who find it hard to visit the Library in person — the Library will come to them through the Special Delivery program. Books, CDs, videos and other materials can be delivered and returned by mail, free to qualifying residents.
Business Growth  Business. Access to information on finance, trade, investments, marketing and more — from sources unavailable anywhere else — can be found at the Library’s Business Information Center.
teen book  Community. Library branches — several of which have meeting rooms available to groups and organizations — serve as community hubs that bring people together.
LoveMyLibStacked  The greater good. Even those who don’t use the Library recognize how many needs it fulfills for others who rely on it, and how the community as a whole benefits from increased early literacy, enhanced education, services that positively impact the economy, and needed resources for individuals, families, business and more.

The future. State funding cuts dealt a devastating blow to the Library. We responded with voluntary wage cuts, shorter hours and streamlined operations. Through careful stewardship, the Library remains debt free. But we need everyone’s help to Keep It Safe, Strong and Shining Bright.