RESOLUTION
AKRON-SUMMIT COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Whereas, Ohio’s public libraries currently serve more than 8.5 million cardholders and have the highest use per capita in the nation;

Whereas, Ohioans increasingly use digital content as their preferred or only access to books, music, and movies;

Whereas, Digital content must be accessible to all people, regardless of personal income or physical or reading ability;

Whereas, Ohioans downloaded more than 22 million eBooks and eAudiobooks in 2018 from public libraries across the state;

Whereas, Public libraries spent millions of dollars on eBooks and eAudiobooks in 2018;

Whereas, The U.S. publishing industry earned $25.83 billion in revenue in 2018, with downloaded audio experiencing 28.7% growth over 2017;

Whereas, The major publishers have recently announced new policies for eBooks and eAudiobooks that severely limit or delay the ability of public libraries to purchase copies of materials and information;

Whereas, These restrictive policies directly and negatively affect the capacity of public libraries to serve all Ohioans and adequately provide access to materials and information;

Whereas, The new eBook and eAudiobook policies represent a significant financial burden on the operations and services of taxpayer-supported public libraries; and

Whereas, These arbitrary limitations make it difficult for libraries to fulfill their central mission of ensuring access to information for all, regardless of socioeconomic status; therefore

Resolved that the Board of Trustees of the Akron-Summit County Public Library calls upon publishers, specifically Blackstone Audio, Hachette, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster, to reconsider these recently announced restrictive and onerous policies and engage in a meaningful and direct dialogue with libraries, library consortia, library associations, authors, and other relevant stakeholders for the purpose of creating new policies that ensure equitable access to all of Ohio’s citizens and that equitably balance the rights and privileges of readers, libraries, authors, and publishers.

Adopted unanimously by the
Akron-Summit County Public Library
Board of Trustees
September 26, 2019