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The Library will be closed on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 for West Virginia Day.

Celebrated annually on June 20, West Virginia Day celebrates the state's 1863 admission to the Union. During the American Civil War, Virginia became sharply divided over if it should leave the United States and join the Confederate States. As a result of this and the early political and social divisions, 50 counties separated from Virginia and the state of West Virginia was created. On April 20, 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed that West Virginia would be admitted to the United States as a separate state 60 days later. On June 20, 1863, West Virginia became a member of the Union. From 1864, West Virginia Day was celebrated informally and became a state holiday in 1927.

Normal hours will resume Thursday, June 21. 

OCPL Closed West Virginia Day, June 20, 2018

While we are closed for the holiday, access is available to many Library services remotely, including digital downloads of eBooks through WVDeli and Hoopla, mp3 music downloads through Freegallanguage learning, art and music instruction, and Acorn TV through the RBdigital Gateway, as well as animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books through TumbleBooks.

Happy West Virginia Day!



This Summer, the Ohio County Public Library is promoting the national theme of “Libraries Rock” for both their annual Children's and Adult Summer Reading Programs. 

OCPL Summer Reading Programs 2018

Registration for the Kid's “Libraries Rock” Summer Reading Program starts the first week of June. Stop by the Library, starting June 4, to pick up a Summer Reading Activity Sheet and a schedule of Summer Reading Programs for Kids. 

Summer reading isn’t just for kids!

Blind Date With A Book: Libraries Rock!The Ohio County Public Library's Adult Summer Reading Program, "Let a Blind Date with a Book Rock Your World," starts June 4, 2018. The Library is continuing the popular "Blind Date" book program this year with Collaborative Summer Library Program theme "Libraries Rock." Come into the Library anytime between June 6 and August 5 and pick up one of our musically-themed "Blind Date" books. Check out your “Blind Date” book at the circulation desk, take it home, unwrap and read, then share all the juicy details with us by completing a "Rate Your Date" bookmark. Each completed "Rate Your Date bookmark" turned into the Library's circulation desk will get you one entry into our grand prize drawing. All "Rate Your Date" forms must be turned in by August 5th, 2018. Prize drawings will be held on August 6th.


New People's Univeristy "WWII" Runs May 29-July 24, 2018

The next subject in the Ohio County Public Library's popular People’s University series will be the Second World War. This series, featuring an impressive array of historians and experts, will run in conjunction with the “We Can Do It! WWII” Traveling Exhibit from the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, on display at the Ohio County Public Library May 26 through July 24, 2018.

People's University - Summer 2018: World War II
Click here to view a pdf of the full class schedule.

TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2018 AT 7 PM

People's U: "WWII" Class 4
"On the Home Front and Abroad: West Virginia & Wheeling In WWII"

With the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, West Virginia and the nation again went to war. WV reported the fifth-highest percentage of servicemen during the war, with 218,665 serving in the armed forces. While our West Virginians fought abroad, local industries—such as Wheeling Corrugating —started manufacturing materials for the war efforts.

People's U: WWII, Class 4 - On the Home Front and Abroad: West Virginia and Wheeling in WWII

Instructor: DR. HAL GORBY is Teaching Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Advising at West Virginia University where he teaches West Virginia and Appalachian History and Immigration, Ethnic History, U.S. Working Class, and 20th Century U.S. He earned his B.A. from Wheeling Jesuit University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from West Virginia University.


Heinz History Center's "We Can Do It! WWII" Traveling Exhibit on Display May 26-July 24, 2018

Heinz History Center We Can Do It! WWII Traveling Exhibit on display at the Ohio County Public Library May 26 through July 24, 2018

From Saturday, May 26, 2018, to Tuesday, July 24, 2018, the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling, WV will have the privilege to host the Heinz History Center of Pittsburgh's traveling exhibition, "We Can Do It! WWII."

The 500-sq. ft. exhibit explores Western Pennsylvania’s incredible impact on the home, industrial, and battlefronts during World War II and includes artifacts, previously unseen photographs, and large museum panels highlighting Western Pa.’s contributions to WWII, as well as lifelike museum figures of local WWII heroes (General George C. Marshall, Tuskegee Airman Lt. Carl J. Woods, Iwo Jima hero Sgt. Michael Strank, The Westinghouse Company-inspired Rosie the Riveter). The exhibit will be supplemented with Wheeling related WWII-era artifacts, both from the collections of the Ohio County Public Library, and other local organizations and individuals.

A variety of WWII related programs will also take place throughout the duration of the exhibit. See our calendar at

The Ohio County Public Library was one of fifteen affiliate organizations selected by the Heinz History Center to host the exhibit over a three year period, the only site in West Virginia to receive the traveling display. History Center Affiliate Program (HCAP) institutions are encouraged to display WWII-related items from their collections as part of the exhibit. Much like Pittsburgh, Wheeling was an industrial, manufacturing city that produced tons of vital materials for the war effort. The exhibit is provided free of charge to members of the History Center Affiliates Program, a collection of more than 125 historical organizations throughout the region.

The library’s local display includes examples of those materials from Wheeling Corrugating, plus men and women's uniforms from various military service branches, POW artifacts, photographs, postcards and telegrams from service members, and ration booklets and stamps, among other items.

Heinz History Center WWII Traveling Exhibit will be at the Ohio County Public Library from May 26 to July 24, 2018/

The exhibit will be at the OCPL from May 26 through July 24, 2018 and is open to the public during all open library hours. Learn more about the exhibit.


OCPL Annual Book Sale Has Ended

The library’s Annual Book Sale ended Friday, May 11. 

The book sale has end, appointments may be made to pick up leftover books starting June 1.  No books can be held and all books will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information, contact Diane Rhodes at the library at 304-232-0244


June 2018 OCPL Programming Calendar Available

Click here for a downloadable version of the June 2018 OCPL programming calendar.

OCPL Programming Calendar: June 2018

For more information about our programs, visit the links below:

Lunch With Books
People's University
Story Time
Toddler Time

Library-Sponsored Programs Policy

The purpose of Ohio County Public Library-sponsored programs is to provide education, information, and entertainment for library patrons. The Library reserves the right to exercise sole discretion in selecting and inviting presenters for its programs. In selecting presenters, the Library does not discriminate on account of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, religion, ancestry or national origin, and the views expressed by presenters of Library-sponsored programs, or by any person in attendance at the programs, do not necessarily reflect the views of the Library, its staff, and/or its representatives.

Ohio County Public Library

The Ohio County Public Library serves all persons who live in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia, which includes Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler counties. Residents in Jefferson, Belmont and Monroe counties of Ohio and Washington, Greene and Allegheny counties of Pennsylvania may also receive library services. 

Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.