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)



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
Dick Taylor – Facilities Manager
Kelly Young – HR/PR Manager
Lynnette Coppler – Audio Visual Services Manager
Nathan Rice – IT Manager
Sharon Mason – Technical Services Manager


Board of Trustees

Mrs. Lisa Hoffman-Kurjan - President
Mr. Jerry Casey, Vice-President
Mr. Roger Miller, Secretary
Dr. James Darrach
Mrs. Diana Gassman
Mrs. Gene McEvoy
Mr. Roger Miller





CommunityREAD 2014:     

The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  

     The Help by Kathryn Stockett was selected as the CommunityREAD 2014 book. Ms. Stockett visited Hancock County on March 28 during CommunityREAD month at a public presentation at the Koehler Center on the campus of the University of Findlay.
   The Help, published in 2009, has sold over 10 million copies and has been translated into more than forty-one languages. A 2011 film version was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
   The Help tells the story of three ordinary women who are about to take one extraordinary step. Twenty-two year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child and Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another.  A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.
   Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and Creative Writing, she moved to New York City where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for nine years. She currently lives in Atlanta with her family. The Help is her first novel.
   CommunityREAD 2014 and Ms. Stockett’s presentation was 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.

Middle School Chapter Book:  The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine.






Grades 3-5 Book: Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton






Early grades: The Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds / Floyd Cooper (illustrator)




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:       

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.

Employment Opportunities

Make a Difference! Guiding Ohio Online is hiring AmeriCorps Members to conduct part-time computer training in Hancock County at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library. Please Visit GuidingOhioOnline.org for more information. 

AmeriCorps Information & Application:
AmeriCorps Program Overview
AmeriCorps Position Description
AmeriCorps Salary & Benefit Information
AmeriCorps Member Application


Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Application for Employment (PDF)

If you mail your application or resume, it must be postmarked the day before the closing date (if applicable).

Applications may be returned in person or mailed to:

Kelly Young - Human Resources
Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
206 Broadway
Findlay, Ohio 45840

Questions regarding employment should be directed to Kelly Young: kyoung@findlaylibrary.org


Friends of the Library

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.

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 (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.

Friends Membership Form (PDF)






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. 

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




Arcadia 3:00-4:30
Van Buren 4:45-6:00

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

Mt. Cory 3:00-4:30
Benton Ridge 4:45-6:00

Jenera 3:00-4:30
Rawson 4:45-6:00





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 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
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






Library Newsletter (BookEnds)

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

Library Newsletter (PDF)









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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







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.



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
CD-ROM - 28 days
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)

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 once if they are not on hold for someone else. Items may be renewed in person or by telephone at: 422-1712.

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 - $ .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






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.


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 will 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






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 89 Library systems at 201 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.







Community Rooms

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

For additional information and meeting room polices, see our Community Rooms Policy below.

Community Rooms Policy (PDF)


Lindamood Room










Blanchard Room














Copy Machines

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.







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.




    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.







    Tax Forms

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






    WiFi Printing

    Do you need to print to the library printer from your personal laptop? You can send your print jobs to the Print Release Terminal at via an LPT:One Print Client. 

    • Black & White prints are 10¢ per page.
    • Color prints are 50¢ per page.
    • Print jobs will expire 2 hours after they are submitted.

    » Get the FHCPL wireless PC printing client.

    » Download wireless PC printing instructions.

    *Windows 2000/XP, Vista-32 Bit, Windows 7, Intel Based MAC running 10.5 Leopard or 10.6 Snow Leopard. (Linux not supported.)







    Strategic Plan

    Click here for the 2011-2014 Strategic Plan (PDF)






    Support the Library

    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 (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.







    Memorials and Honorariums

    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.

    Persons interested in giving a gift or donation to the library should contact the Administration Services Office.







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