Library History

Established in 1905, the Loudonville Public Library began as a "reading room" organized by a group of dedicated citizens who raised funds and performed the tasks necessary to create a formal public library. The library moved to various locations throughout the village before finding its current location next to Central Park in the heart of Loudonville. The current 26,000+ square foot facility is the result of a 1976 building project that has been enhanced through exdpansions in 1982 and 2001 respectively. The library's materials and services havae evolved to meet patron demands and to account for changes in technology and the delivery of information, resulting in a modern and professional organization that is devoted to serving the public in a meaningful and valuable way. The library is currently a member of the Serving Every Ohioan (SEO) Consortium, sharing materials and an online catalog with public libraries across the state. This relationship expands the materials available to our patrons to over six million items coming from approximately 175 locations.

Current Programs, Acitivities and Accomplishments
We are committed to offering a wide variety of programs and activities for the public that serve the purposes of education, recreation and entertainment. These activities are targeted at audiences of all ages. Of course, one of our top priorities is providing a top-notch Summer Reading Program for infants, children, teens and adults every year that helps to keep children reading while they are out of school and generally promotes literacy in our communities.

Our board and staff are also interested in making sure that the library has a presence in the community through our roles in organizations such as the Loudonville Rotary Club, the Mohican Area Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Ashland County and a very healthy and active relationship with the Loudonville-Perrysville Schools.

We are very proud of the work that we do at the library, the consistent support of our community and our beautiful building. In particular, the Loudonville Public Library has recently received national recognition as a "four-star library" through Library Journal's Index of Public Library Serivce. This ranking is based on usage statistics that measure visits, circulation of library materials, attendance at programs and public computer use.