Ohio has 250 tax-supported public library systems. Each year libraries circulate an average of 14.8 books per resident, one of the highest library readership rates in the nation. Public collections are supplemented by that of the State Library of Ohio, in Columbus, and by a bookmobile service in rural areas. Among the outstanding municipal libraries in the state are those of Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo, Cincinnati, Akron, Dayton, and Youngstown. The state archives are housed in the library of the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus, and special Ohio historical collections are located in the library of the Cincinnati Historical Society and in the Ohioana Library Association Memorial to Martha Kinney Cooper, in Columbus. Major libraries are maintained by The Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, the University of Cincinnati, and by other educational institutions.
A number of noted fine arts museums are located in the state. One of the most outstanding is the Cincinnati Art Museum, with fine collections of painting, sculpture, and other works of art from all parts of the world. Also well known are the Taft Museum, in Cincinnati, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Dayton Art Institute, the Toledo Museum of Art, and the Allen Memorial Art Museum, at Oberlin College. The Health Museum of Cleveland and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History have noteworthy collections. The Cincinnati Museum Center houses the Cincinnati History Museum, Cinergy Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Science, and the Cincinnati Historical Society. The Ohio Historical Society has extensive exhibits devoted to Ohio archaeology, history, and natural history. Other historical collections include the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, in Fremont, and the Campus Martius Museum, in Marietta. "Ohio" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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