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SouthWest Ohio and Neighboring Libraries is a cooperative of area libraries organized to promote library services among and through member institutions. SWON Libraries consists of academic, public, school and special libraries in southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky. 

Geographic Membership & Our Ohio Service Area

All libraries of any type (academic, public, school, special) within SWON’s 17 county service area in Ohio are already considered Geographic Members of SWON Libraries.

Our service area counties are:

  • Adams
  • Brown
  • Butler
  • Champaign
  • Clark
  • Clermont
  • Clinton
  • Darke
  • Fayette
  • Greene
  • Hamilton
  • Highland
  • Madison
  • Miami
  • Montgomery
  • Preble
  • Warren

However, even in these counties, your organization may still be a Supporting Member, so check the list.

Geographic Members receive reduced-rate access to continuing education offered by or through SWON. Geographic Members can also participate in SWON’s Special Interest Groups for free, and SWON offers consulting and technology lending to them as well. Please contact SWON at or 513-751-4422 to learn more about learning opportunities for Geographic Members.

Supporting Membership

Geographic Members and Kentucky libraries may elect to pay dues to become Supporting Members and be entitled to additional services and free and reduced rates on programs.

SWON offers a variety of special benefits for Supporting Members. The membership year runs from July through June, but members are accepted at any time on a pro-rated dues basis. For additional membership information, contact contact SWON at or 513-751-4422

Membership Dues Structure (Current 2017)

  Total Operating Revenue Dues
Public ≤ $400,000 $400
  $401,000–$800,000 $800
  $801,000–$1,400,000 $1,200
  $1,401,000–$2,000,000 $1,600
  $2,001,000–$2,500,000 $2,000
  $2,501,000–$3,200,000 $2,500
  $3,201,000–$4,000,000 $3,000
  $4,001,000–$5,000,000 $3,500
  $5,001,000–$7,000,000 $4,000
  $7,001,000–$10,000,000 $5,000
  $10,001,000–$15,000,000   $5,500
  >$15,000,000 $6,000


K-12 School Libraries (individuals or districts): $500


Special Libraries: $750

  Head Count*         Dues
Academic 1 $500
  2-5 $750
  6–20 $1,500
  21 or more $5,500


*Headcount includes professional staff and support staff. Headcount does not include shelvers, student employees, temporary workers, trainees, interns, or volunteers.


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