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The library is a school district library governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees. The Board meets monthly at 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month. Current Board members include:
Amberly Wolf, President
Dr. Heather Howley, Vice President
Cindy Summers, Secretary
We welcome your donations, whether toward general funding or contributions to the Legacy Fund . Gifts to the library are true "gifts of knowledge." Giving to the library is an investment in the future of the citizens of Orrville and the Wayne County area. These gifts help the library broaden and enrich our collection and keep our materials current and in good condition. Your donations also help the library implement a variety of special services for adults, children and young adults.
When you donate, we are happy to purchase materials in honor of or in memory of someone special to you. We will also provide a card for you to give to the person of your choice, and the library will send a letter of appreciation. Take a look at our Gifts and Memorial Brochure  for more details.
The Orrville Library Legacy Fund was established in 2007. With state funding decreasing, the Board of Trustees sought to ensure that our community's library continues into the future while maintaining a high quality collection, superior service and a beautiful building and grounds.
The Legacy Fund was established through the generous contribution of Orrville resident William Barnes, who named the Orrville Public Library as a recipient of a portion of his estate. The fund was further augmented by a donation from Orrville's own Coach Bob Knight, and Coach Knight's friends at Texas Tech matched his contribution. Coach Knight's funds established the Hazel Knight and Sarah Henthorne Memorial Fund as a separate part of the library's Legacy Fund.
These funds are held within the Wayne County Community Foundation in order to maximize earning power. The Legacy Fund was established to invest the donated monies and use only the interest earned. The Hazel Knight and Sarah Henthorne Memorial Fund is designated for programs and materials only. Contributions to the Legacy Fund can be made at any time by contacting the Orrville Public Library or the Wayne County Community Foundation.
Orrville Public Library began in 1925 with a collection of 600 books in a vacant room at the high school. The present building was dedicated in 1941. Additions were dedicated in 1977 and 2000. The current facility is 25,000 square feet and holds over 70,000 items.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday & Friday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
The library is located in historic downtown Orrville at 230 North Main Street. Orrville lies on State Route 57 between State Route 585 to the north and State Route 30 to the south. In town, SR 57 is called Main Street. Orrville Public Library is located at 230 North Main Street, on the southeast corner of Main and Church Streets. Parking is available across from the main entrance on Church Street.
The mission of the Orrville Public Library is to:
The Orrville Public Library Friends organization was established to support the work of the library.
Annual fundraisers include book sales in the fall and spring and a Mother's Day hanging flower basket sale. Proceeds from these events are used for various projects, including support of the library's summer reading program, as well as sponsorship of special programs for children getting ready to enter kindergarten and knowledgeable speakers for unique adult programs.
Friends supporters are welcome! Take a look at the Friends Membership Form  to see how you might be a part of this essential group. Friends has regular events but does not have routine meetings. Current Friends president is Kary Shonk and current treasurer is Joyce Winget.
Adopted April 27, 1989, Revised February 23, 2012
For health and sanitation reasons, no animals are allowed in the Orrville Public Library except for service or helper animals and library-owned aquarium fish.
A service or helper animal must stay with its owner while in the library. Service or helper animals that are disruptive may be removed from the building at the staff’s discretion.
In the case of special library-sponsored events, for example certified therapy dogs for scheduled programs, permission must be received in advance from the Library Director.
Adopted September 27, 2001
Revised September 28, 2006, May 24, 2012
The Orrville Public Library Board of Trustees is responsible for determining the rules for public behavior in the library that are necessary to:
Patrons of Orrville Public Library can expect a pleasant, safe, and orderly environment in which to enjoy library materials, resources, and services. Reasonable expectations include:
Behavior that interferes with the effective use of the Library will not be permitted. Inappropriate behavior includes, but is not limited to:
A verbal warning will be given when patron behavior is in violation of this policy. If the behavior continues, the patron will be asked to leave the Library. Police will be called if the patron is unwilling to comply. The library reserves the right to take immediate action if necessary to answer an ongoing threat to the operation of the library, or a continuing danger to the health or safety of patrons or staff. Failure to leave if asked is a violation of the Ohio Criminal Trespass Statute and will result in the police being called.
The Board of Trustees authorizes the director or any persons designated by the director to revoke or restrict library privileges of any individual who behaves contrary to these rules. The Board also authorizes the director to file charges against individuals who transgress criminal statutes.
Any library patron who has been banned from using library facilities may appeal his or her suspension of privileges by submitting a written petition to the director within thirty days of notification of the suspension. The petition should state why the person’s library privileges should not be suspended. Upon receipt of such a petition, the director shall schedule a hearing before the board of trustees at which the suspended person shall appear. Information from incident reports by staff and statements of other witnesses, if any, will be taken into consideration. Failure to appear will be interpreted as a withdrawing of the appeal. At the conclusion of the hearing, the decision to suspend library privileges may be affirmed, modified, or cancelled.
*Note: Petitioners may be on sidewalks and other outdoor public areas around the library as long as the activity does not interfere with patrons accessing the library entrances or library services. Petitioners may not harass library patrons.
Adopted December 12, 1996
Revised August 27, 1998, November 18, 1999, April 2000, February 28, 2002, May 30, 2002, October 23, 2003, October 28, 2004, August 17, 2006, September 28, 2006, October 25, 2007 (effective 1/1/08), December 4, 2008 (effective 1/1/09), November 3, 2011, February 23, 2012
Library cards are available to individuals of any age. Applicants must be a resident of Ohio and be able to show proof of identity and street address. In the case of a child, parental or guardian address will be accepted as proof. Children age 14 and under must have a parent or guardian signature on their library card application. In order to protect library patrons from any unauthorized use of their library card, when checking out library materials library patrons must present their library card, a picture i.d., or their full name, address, phone number, and birthday, which must exactly match current library records.
Library patrons of all ages may check out videotapes and DVDs from the children’s collection. All library patrons may also check out non-fiction videotapes and DVDs from both the children’s and adult collections. Library patrons must be at least 15 years of age to check out videotapes and DVDs from the adult fiction (entertainment) section. ‘R’ and TV-MA rated videos can only be checked out by patrons who are 18 years old or older.
The following limits are established:
Fine rates are established as:
Library card replacement charge is $1.00.
Eligible library users may have only one active library card at a time. The only exception is for teacher cards. Refer to Teacher Card Policy.
Adopted October 26, 2006, Revised February 23, 2012
The Orrville Public Library is a stand-alone library located in a small town of 8,500 people. The Library’s official service area is the Orrville City School District. The school district has a population of approximately 11,000 and covers 26 square miles.
The Library was instituted in 1925 when 600 books were moved into a vacant room in the high school. The current 25,000 square foot facility was the result of a major renovation begun in 1999 and officially opened on July 5, 2000. There are currently about 75,000 volumes in the collection.
The Orrville Public Library is highly valued and greatly used by the Orrville community. For the past twelve years, the Hennen’s American Public Library Rating Index (HAPLR) has consistently placed the Orrville Public Library among the top ten small libraries in the nation that serve communities with populations of 10,000 to 25,000. While the Orrville City School District contains less that 10% of the population of Wayne County, the Library consistently circulates 22% of the library materials used by county residents.
The Wayne County Public Library, which is composed of a main library in Wooster and branches in Dalton, Shreve, Rittman, Creston, Doylestown, and West Salem, is the largest public library entity in the county. Fredericksburg Library operates independently in southern Wayne County.
Though Orrville Public Library serves a small town, the Library offers rich resources through membership in CLEVNET. The CLEVNET Consortium, which began in 1982, is composed of 37 library systems (100+ library buildings) in 10 counties of northern Ohio. Combined holdings top 10 million items and include access to 100 electronic databases. The consortium, which Orrville Public Library joined in 1985, offers an integrated library system (currently SIRSI), technological support, electronic databases in addition to those offered through OPLIN, training, and innovative services (KnowItNow, downloadable eMedia, and wireless access.)
The Library uses a delivery service to transport library materials to and from different libraries every weekday, Monday through Friday. Twice annually, the circulation staff evaluates the delivery system to make sure that patrons are receiving requested items in a timely fashion.
When CLEVNET’s collection is insufficient to patron needs, materials from library collections throughout the country can be acquired for Orrville Public Library patrons through InterLibrary Loan Service.
Each library collection is a unique reflection of the interests and needs of the community it serves. Orrville Public Library staff listens to its users in many ways.
Materials Selection Criterion
In order to invest the Library’s funds wisely in its efforts to serve the needs of the community, the following criteria are considered:
Collection Maintenance Criterion
In order to maintain a vital, current collection that meets the needs of the community, examination and evaluation of materials is an ongoing process. When library materials lose the value for which they were originally selected, they should be withdrawn. An item is considered for discard when it is:
Space availability and low circulation over a period of time are other factors that influence the withdrawal decision. Discard does not necessarily mean the book is not good, simply that its use for our community is done or very limited.
Gifts, including memorial items, are subject to these withdrawal and replacement policies.
Donations of materials in any format must meet the criteria used for selection before being added to the collection. Memorial and gift books must also meet selection criteria, including necessity to the collection. The Library reserves the right to accept or refuse conditions placed upon gifts of materials or funds.
Juvenile fiction includes board books, picture books, easy readers, and juvenile chapter books. This collection serves all ages with a primary target audience of birth to 12 years. Collection size is limited due to space restrictions. Within the collection, space is allocated according to community need.
Juvenile non-fiction includes informational materials for all ages. Targeted ages for this collection are birth to age 12. Collection includes biographies as well as reference materials. Extra consideration is given to topics covered by the curriculum of Orrville City Schools. Every effort is made to provide topical materials on a variety of reading levels with emphasis on the curriculum guided grade levels.
Juvenile magazines are ordered based on reviews and community requests. Magazines must reflect the diversity of the community. Magazines are discarded after 30 months or shorter timeframe if they are not circulating. Second copies of popular magazines may be added. Magazines include comic books appropriate for age 12 and under. Graphic books not in comic book format are included in fiction or non-fiction.
Juvenile videos are purchased based on reviews and community interest. Budgetary considerations do not permit purchase of all videos that would be appropriate and useful. Video requests by teachers from Orrville City Schools are given serious consideration. Rated videos must be rated “G” to be selected for the Children’s Department. Videos that are not rated must be appropriate for children aged 12 and under. Consideration will be given to adding videos that are not available to patrons from other sources. Non-fiction videos, as well as older fiction videos, often fall into this category. The department will replace popular titles as budget permits. The department may circulate DVD and other formats as per the community need.
Audiobooks will be selected on the basis of reviews (of both print and audio versions), as well as the interest of the audiobook user community. Collection is limited by space available and funding. Audiobooks in the juvenile collection must meet the same criteria as print materials for the juvenile collection. The Children’s Department will maintain a collection of audiobooks on CD.
Young Adult Collection
Orrville Public Library maintains a Young Adult collection consisting of a small group of non-fiction, a small collection of graphic novels, an extensive collection of young adult fiction, an express collection of music CDs, and a small collection of audiobooks. Target audience for this collection is grades 5 – 9. Because our collection is used by a younger audience than in many libraries, our selection must correspondingly reflect that age group.
The adult fiction collection consists primarily of popular best sellers, classic works of literature, inspirational, mysteries, westerns, and science fiction. Guided by our mission statement, titles are selected on the basis of reviews in professional journals, existing collection, and patron demand. Fiction circulates well and multiple copies to fill requests are purchased as the budget allows. We strive to maintain a collection that is both current and broad.
Adult non-fiction consists of books to cover a wide range of information needs by patrons ranging from middle school/junior high age students through adults. All subjects are covered with special emphasis on school assignment topics, do-it-yourself information, lifelong learning, and pleasure reading in the non-fiction genres. The size of this collection is fairly static. On-going weeding and ordering are used to maintain a current and broad collection.
The large print collection provides popular material for our visually impaired patrons. The collection includes bestsellers, mysteries, family reading, westerns, biographies and non-fiction. Selection is guided by the same criteria used for regular print fiction and non-fiction
The music collection consists of the CD format. Other formats may be added as per community demand. Categories include Classical, Jazz, Pop, International, New Age, Show, Country, and Inspirational. Currently, the most heavily used collections are the Country and Inspirational so ordering is weighted a little heavier in those areas. Space limitations dictate no growth in this collection.
The adult audiobook collection consists of both fiction and non-fiction works in the current available formats. Guided by our mission statement, titles are selected on the basis of reviews in professional journals, existing collection, and patron demand. Audiobook format has changed over the past several years and is expected to continue changing. Audiobooks continue to grow in popularity and we strive to maintain a collection that is both current and broad on CD and other formats as per community need.
The adult video collection is comprised of DVDs and includes both fiction and non-fiction titles, thereby providing contemporary high-interest materials, supplying information for lifelong learning, and supplementing the educational needs of school-aged children.
Reference and Local History Collection
The Reference book collection is designed to allow staff to answer questions on the telephone or in person that require an authoritative source with a quick turnaround time. Encyclopedias, almanacs, business directories, dictionaries, and legal information are just some of the areas covered. This collection is quickly becoming obsolete as more and more sources become available through databases and websites. The reference budget has been reduced each of the last several years and will continue to drop.
Local History items are purchased if they relate to the Orrville community. As there are not a lot of items that fall into this category, just about everything published is added to this collection. This collection does include microfilm of the local newspapers, which keeps the cost of maintaining this collection rather high.
The Orrville Public Library subscribes to approximately 125 titles to serve the needs of a variety of age groups and interests. The Library’s selection criterion is applied equally to periodical selection. Titles are evaluated annually using circulation statistics and new magazine titles are considered.
Thousands of periodicals are now offered full text in our online databases which offer easy keyword and Boolean search options. In general, the values sought from hard copy periodicals have changed from research to enrichment and entertainment.
All issues are circulated for one week.
Local and representative national newspapers are purchased within budget and space limitations. Microform files of newspapers are acquired as funding allows.
Adopted September 21, 2000, Revised May 22, 2003
In accordance with Ohio Revised Code Section 149.432, effective October 5, 2000, library records and customer information (as defined in Ohio Revised Code Section 149.432) are confidential. However, library records or customer information will be released in the following situations:
Adopted March 31, 1997
Revised January 25, 2001, August 22, 2002, September 27, 2007, May 24, 2012
Adopted March 20, 1997
Revised January 25, 2001, September 27, 2007, May 24, 2012
The Orrville Public Library offers access to information through a variety of online resources. These online resources include the CLEVNET catalog, subscription databases purchased through the CLEVNET consortium and the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN), and the Internet. All of these components fulfill the Library’s mission to supply information for lifelong learning, to offer a gateway to outside resources and to supplement the educational needs of school-age children.
Electronic resources are available on nearly all workstations in the Library to make the search for information as easy as possible for users. These resources are free and available to all library users.
While the Internet provides easy access to a massive, rapidly changing body of information, not all Internet sources provide accurate, complete or current information. Library users access the Internet at their own discretion and are responsible for the results of their searches. Some Internet sites may be offensive. Library staff will monitor usage within the Library, but the Library is not responsible for Internet content. Staff members are trained to help users determine if the information they access is reliable and suitable to their needs.
To assist users in navigating the vast resources of the Internet, the Orrville Public Library web page offers a list of useful websites.
As always, responsibility for the use of Library resources by children under 18 years of age falls to parents, guardians and caregivers. This includes the electronic resources, as well as library materials. It is essential that parents work with their children to develop acceptable, safe behavior when using electronic technology.
As required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the library has implemented filtering software on all of its computers with Internet access. Staff will disable the Internet filter upon request by an adult (17 years of age or older) without undue delay and will not inquire as to the purpose of the adult’s request.
The library cannot and does not guarantee that the filtering software will block all obscenity, sexually explicit material or any other material harmful to minors or objectionable to some patrons. Nor can the library guarantee that the filtering software will always permit access to sites that may have legitimate research or other value.
The Library maintains the right to demand that users refrain from displaying computer screens with information or graphics that may be deemed offensive in a public location. Responsibility for determining the appropriateness of a screen rests with Library staff. Failure to comply with the Library policies may result in loss of Internet privileges and/or ejection from the Library for a designated period of time.
Adopted September 19, 1994, revised September 27, 2007
Library displays are generated by library staff. Suggestions from the community are welcome. All displays shall be of an educational, cultural, civic or recreational nature and appropriate for all ages. Advertisements for goods and services offered by for-profit companies or individuals are not acceptable. Exhibits from for-profit companies or individuals may be accepted if they are of general educational, cultural, civic or recreational nature.
The library’s lower level gallery is for artwork display.
The library has a small bulletin board available for public notices. The library will post notices from non-profit organizations and notices for community, educational, cultural and recreational events. This is not a place for personal, political or for-profit advertisements.
No material concerning political candidates, election issues or levies may be displayed inside the library or on library grounds without the express permission of the Board of Trustees.
The Library Director has the final determination of compliance with this policy.
The Orrville Public Library reserves the right to determine location, length of posting time and other details of posted notices.
Adopted September 21, 1989
The Orrville Public Library reserves the right to accept or refuse gifts to the library based on benefit gained by the library. Once a gift has been accepted by the library, the library will determine disposition of the gift.
Books, records, furnishings, etc. accepted by the library may be disposed of in one of three ways:
The library will not determine value or appraise items for the purposes of income tax donation or other needs. Upon request, the library will issue a letter stating that a gift of approximately XX number of boxes of used books, e.g., was received by the library from said donor.
Adopted April 23, 1998
If an individual or organization wishes to donate artwork to the Orrville Public Library, the artwork will be accepted or declined on the same basis as any other donated gift. A committee composed of the Director, a library staff member, a board member and a representative from the community will meet to determine whether or not to accept the artwork. The library reserves the right to display, sell or dispose of artwork as best benefits the interests of the library.
The library also reserves the right to request that an endowment or cash contribution accompany the donated artwork in order to pay for periodic maintenance or restoration needs. In addition, the library shall be held harmless in the event the artwork is damaged or stolen.
Adopted February 28, 2002, Revised May 22, 2003
Ohio Revised Code Section 149.43 provides that all public records shall be promptly prepared and made available for inspection to any person during business hours. Upon receipt of a request from the public to view library business records, library staff should follow these procedures:
Adopted June 28, 2001, Revised August 17, 2006; February 23, 2012
The Board of Trustees, recognizing the various backgrounds and needs of our citizens, in terms of race, creed, and political persuasion, declares as a matter of book selection policy that:
Public Services -- Core Values
Revised June 2000, January 25, 2001, July 24, 2003, September 27, 2007,
May 24, 2012
Meeting Room Use
Adopted February 28, 2002, Revised September 27, 2007
Special library cards will be available to teachers who reside or teach in the greater Orrville area, including student teachers and preschool teachers. Requests from teachers outside the greater Orrville area should be referred to the Head of Youth Services, Head of Circulation or Library Director.
Written verification of teacher employment status must be presented to receive a teacher card. Homeschool teachers should show their “Homeschooling Acceptance Letter.”
Teacher card status must be renewed each school year.
Orrville Public Library print materials checked out on teacher cards will circulate for three weeks. Materials may be renewed twice. No overdue fees will be charged. A total of up to 100 items may be checked out on a teacher card at any given time.
Orrville Public Library audiovisual items may be checked out on a teacher card, but the loan period will be the standard loan period for the media. Charges will accrue.
Items from other libraries, including audiovisual, may be checked out, but the lending library’s loan period and overdue fee schedule will apply.
If notified by a teacher of a special circumstance or need, staff is empowered to make reasonable accommodation.
Charges will be assessed for lost and damaged items.
The teacher card is for classroom materials only. Items for personal use will not be checked out on a teacher card.
Adopted February 22, 2001, Revised September 27, 2007
The Orrville Public Library encourages young patrons to make full use of the library facilities.
The Orrville Public Library is a busy public building and the first priority of library staff is to help patrons use the library.
The Board of Trustees maintains that child safety requires the personal attention of parents and/or caregivers. Parents/guardians are responsible for the actions of their children.
Children 9 years of age and younger must have a parent/caregiver age 12 or older to accompany them in the library and remain in the immediate vicinity. If a child is left unattended, staff will attempt to locate the caregiver. If the caregiver cannot be located, the Orrville Police Department will be contacted.
Children age 10 to age 17 may use the library unattended. A child of this age group is considered able to leave the library building without an adult/caregiver; if this is not the case, the child must be accompanied by an adult/caregiver. Children should have emergency contact information so a staff member can help a child in need. If staff cannot reach the parent/guardian, the library will contact the Orrville Police Department.
Adopted October 20, 2005, Revised January 24, 2008
Orrville Public Library provides free, high-speed, open wireless network Internet connectivity for users wishing to pursue their informational needs with the convenience and technological flexibility of using their own wireless enabled equipment.
By choosing to use this unsecured wireless service, patrons are agreeing to abide by Orrville Public Library’s Electronic Resources Acceptable Use Policy .
Library staff members are not able to provide technical assistance and no guarantee can be made that a successful wireless connection will be made. Random loss of signal may occur. Only web-based e-mail can be accessed via the wireless network. Use of the wireless network is entirely at the risk of the user.
The library disclaims any and all liability for loss of confidential information or damages resulting from that loss, or any and all damages resulting from use of the wireless network. Radio signals (wireless) may be intercepted on an open network. Use caution when transmitting personal information.
There is no printing capability available from this wireless connection.
The library has a variety of volunteer opportunities available. If you are interested in volunteering, please take a look at our volunteer guidelines and if you'd like you may fill out a volunteer application. Thank you for your support!