The Ohio Web Library is comprised of a number of resources available to patrons at libraries statewide.
These resources have been selected using several different processes:
- Libraries Connect Ohio databases are selected by a committee of public, academic, and K-12 libraries that convenes every five years to review proposals made by vendors through a formal ITN process. More information about the Libraries Connect Ohio group and the ITN process can be found elsewhere on the OPLIN website. The OPLIN Board approves the OPLIN contribution to LCO funding.
- Genealogy databases are contracted separately, pending the availability of OPLIN operating funds. The Content Advisory Committee offers feedback on the package, but the Executive Director is responsible for contract negotiations and budgeting, and OPLIN Board is ultimately responsible for approving funding for the contract.
- LinkedIn Learning was selected as a result of an RFP for Careers and Professional Development in 2018. The Content Advisory Committee reviewed bids from multiple vendors and made recommendations to the Executive Director. The OPLIN Board approved funding for the contract.
- Northstar Digital Literacy was proposed for ARPA funding by the Executive Director in 2021 in response to the increased need for digital literacy resources as a result of the pandemic. Funding was renewed in 2022 through a federal Institute of Museum and Library Services LSTA grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio.
There are also resources that were contracted with perpetual access many years ago, which still remain part of the Ohio Web Library:
- American and English Full Text Literature Collections
- Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
Finally, three Ohio Web Library resources are maintained by OPLIN's web services, using content provided by the Ohio History Connection:
Additional information about all of these resources can be found at the Statewide Content page of the OPLIN website.