About the CLC

The Central Library Consortium (CLC) was formed in 1988 to provide integrated library services and facilitate other cooperative projects that yield excellent quality and value to its members. The CLC continues to experiment with new models of service and resources sharing in response to the needs of its members and to keep pace with the ever changing technology in the library environment.


  1. Use technology to provide the most appropriate information delivery system.
  2. Use technology to control cost and improve the efficiency of library operations.
  3. Maintain flexibility to adapt new and changing technology to meet the public's needs.
  4. Evaluate emerging technology for effective responsiveness to the library's needs.
  5. Use technology to connect to relevant sources outside the library.
  6. Train library staff on how to use technology to retrieve the information needed.
  7. Maintain CLC staff awareness of new technology via training and technical manuals etc.


  1. The member libraries serve over 1.3 million card holders in the Central Ohio area.
  2. There are over 5 million items and over 1 million unique titles available to patrons.
  3. The member libraries circulate over 26 million items each year.
  4. Over 2.1 million items are shared to fill requests between library systems each year.

Take a few moments to learn about our history, see our current member libraries, meet our dedicated staff, take a tour of the services we offer and learn about our technology partners. You can also see what we've been up to recently.