The 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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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 – HR/PR Manager 
Lynnette Coppler – Audio Visual Services Manager 
Mike Trausch – IT Manager 
Sharon Mason – Technical Services Manager 
Board of Trustees
Mr. Jerry Casey, President
Mr. Roger Miller, Vice-President
Dr. James Darrach, Secretary
Mrs. Phyllis Barger
Mrs. Diana Gassman
Mrs. Lisa Hoffman-Kurjan
Mrs. Gene McEvoy
Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff
Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff was the CommunityREAD 2015 book. Mr. Zuckoff visited Hancock County on March 27, 2015 during CommunityREAD month at the Winebrenner Auditorium on the campus of the University of Findlay.
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
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.
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.
$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 (3) (c) 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.
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.
Findlay, OH 45840
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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
232 N Main St
Arlington, OH 45814
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Monday - Thursday: 11:00AM to 7:00PM
Friday - Saturday: 11:00AM to 5:00PM
Van Buren 4:45-6:00
Mt. Blanchard 4:45-6:00
Mt. Cory 3:00-4:30
Benton Ridge 4:45-6:00
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 contracted 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
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:
• 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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Values of the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Books, magazines, compact discs, computer software, books on CD - $ .10 per day
DVDs and Blu-Rays - $ .50 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
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.
RADIO STATIONS IN THE FINDLAY-HANCOCK COUNTY AREA:
Please listen to your local radio stations for closing announcements due to inclement weather conditions.
Library Status 
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 email@example.com .
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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Two copy machines are 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.
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
For hours and locations for the Bookmobile services, click here .
For information on long and short term home deliveries, contact us .
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 (3) (c) 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.
Make a donation in memory or in honor of someone special and a bookplate bearing their name will be placed in a book in our collection. A memorial or honorarium book is a lasting tribute that will be enjoyed by the entire community. Individual patrons and organizations have used this service by donating money to purchase a book in honor of retirements, birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. Patrons have also used the service to place a book in memory of a friend, a relative or even a pet. Memorial and honorarium donations are a wonderful way to support the library with gifts under $100.
Memorials or Honorariums may be made online, by mail or in-person using the form below.
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.