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Ohio Public Librarian Certification

The Ohio Public Librarian Certification Program recognizes individual librarians who have met minimum standards established by the Ohio Library Council. An individual who meets these standards and has successfully completed the certification process is recognized as a Certified Public Librarian in Ohio.

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The minimum standards for initial Ohio Public Librarian Certification are:

  • A master's degree in library and information studies from a program accredited by the American Library Association
  • Two years of experience working in a library

Renewal of the certification requires:

  • 75 continuing education contact hours*[e-form PDF]
    *Contact hours must be earned during the five-year period immediately preceding renewal of the certificate.

The cost of certification is:

  • Initial Certification [e-form PDF]
    • $25 for OLC individual members
    • $50 for non-members
  • Recertification [e-form PDF]
    • $25 for OLC individual members
    • $35 for non-members

For questions or information, contact OLC at olc@olc.org or 614-410-8092.

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