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Forward. Together.

Strengthening our region's libraries by providing educational opportunities and by facilitating local collaboration and conversations between libraries of all types.



SWON Libraries formed in 1973 as the "Greater Cincinnati Library Consortium" (GCLC) when a group of library directors in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky wanted a vehicle for pooling resources, sharing knowledge and collaborating to better serve their patrons.

We continue that mission today as one of the State Library of Ohio's Regional Library Systems by providing continuing education to our Supporting Members, members in our Ohio geographic service area and to library staff in Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and beyond. SWON also helps librarians and library staff learn from each other through Special Interest Groups, SWON webinars, PCI Webinars, Level-Up Labs, and through community resources shared on this site.

SWON provides other great benefits to Supporting Members, including consulting work and customized CE classes. Supporting Members can attend free webinars, and receive reduced rates on SWON benefits like our special events or Tech-to-Lend. SWON staff are always up to travel to Supporting Member libraries to teach classes and learn how we can help.

As an Ohio Regional Library System, we also provide services to any library of any type in our 17-county service area. These "Geographic Members" receive reduced rates on all our webinars, events and lending programs.

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When the region's libraries want to connect, collaborate, and learn through customized continuing education, they turn to SWON Libraries. 

Guiding Principles:

SWON Libraries provides quality, trustworthy, economical, and responsive programming to all its region's libraries:

A)  Using in-person and virtual settings to collaborate and share knowledge;

B)  Providing support to help library staff improve their job performances with customized continuing education available to the entire region;

C)  Helping libraries improve their operations, management, and performance with SWON Libraries' assistance and by sharing institutional knowledge.



See who works at SWON by visiting the Staff Directory. To learn about SWON governance, bylaws and other policies, visit Board & Governance. SWON has an Executive Board, as well as Finance, Strategic Planning and other committees. Learn more about them and view meeting minutes and related information at Board & Governance.

To see how to get to SWON's office in Blue Ash, here are the Address & Directions. SWON is one of four Regional Library Systems supported by the state of Ohio. To learn more about the other Regional Library Systems and other library groups, visit the State Library of Ohio.

Thanks for coming to learn more about SWON. If there is other information about SWON you would like to see, please contact us.


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