Ohio Athens County Public Libraries

By | January 1, 2023

We are providing a comprehensive directory of public libraries in Athens County, Ohio. This list includes library formal name, street address, postal code, phone number and how many books are available. Check the following list to see all public libraries in Ohio Athens County.

Street Address: 30 Home St, Athens, OH 45701
Phone Number: (740) 592-4272 Athens N/A N/A

Street Address: 29 Converse ST., Chauncey, OH 45719
Phone Number: (740) 797-2512 Athens N/A N/A

3. Branch Library COOLVILLE BRANCH
Street Address: 26401 Main St, Coolville, OH 45723
Phone Number: (740) 667-3354 Athens N/A N/A

Street Address: 20 Toledo ST., Glouster, OH 45732
Phone Number: (740) 767-3670 Athens N/A N/A

Street Address: 95 W. Washington, Nelsonville, OH 45764
Phone Number: (740) 753-2118 Athens N/A N/A

Street Address: 95 W. Washington, Nelsonville, OH 45764
Phone Number: (740) 753-2118 Athens 597,121 457,964

Street Address: 95 W. Washington, Nelsonville, OH 45764
Phone Number: (740) 753-2118 Athens N/A N/A

8. Branch Library THE PLAINS BRANCH
Street Address: 14 S. Plains RD., The Plains, OH 45780
Phone Number: (740) 797-4579 Athens N/A N/A

9. Branch Library WELLS BRANCH
Street Address: 5200 W Washington St, Albany, OH 45710
Phone Number: (740) 698-6127 Athens N/A N/A

Overview of Athens County, Ohio

Athens County is a county located in the state of Ohio, in the southeasternmost part of the state. As of 2000, the population is 62,223. Its county seat is Athens. Because the state university (Ohio University) was located there, the town and the county were named for the ancient center of learning, Athens, Greece.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,317 km² (509 mi²). 1,312 km² (507 mi²) of it is land and 5 km² (2 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.35% water.

Athens County is located in the Unglaciated Allegheny Plateau region of Ohio. It features steep, rugged hills, with typical relief of 150 to 400 feet, deeply dissected by stream valleys, many of them remnant from the ancient Teays River drainage system. Most of Athens County is within the Hocking River watershed, with smaller areas in the Shade River and Raccoon Creek watersheds.

Adjacent counties

  • Perry County (north)
  • Morgan County (northeast)
  • Washington County (east)
  • Wood County, West Virginia (southeast)
  • Meigs County (south)
  • Vinton County (west)
  • Hocking County (northwest)


As of the census of 2000, there are 62,223 people, 22,501 households, and 12,713 families residing in the county. The population density is 47/km² (123/mi²). There are 24,901 housing units at an average density of 19/km² (49/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 93.48% White, 2.39% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 1.90% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.36% from other races, and 1.56% from two or more races. 1.03% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 22,501 households out of which 26.40% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.50% are married couples living together, 9.20% have a female householder with no husband present, and 43.50% are non-families. 28.30% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.30% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.40 and the average family size is 2.92.

In the county the population is spread out with 18.30% under the age of 18, 30.70% from 18 to 24, 23.70% from 25 to 44, 18.00% from 45 to 64, and 9.30% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 26 years. For every 100 females there are 95.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 93.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $27,322, and the median income for a family is $39,785. Males have a median income of $30,776 versus $23,905 for females. The per capita income for the county is $14,171. 27.40% of the population and 14.00% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 21.20% of those under the age of 18 and 12.90% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.


Counties in Ohio do not possess home rule powers but can do only what has been expressly authorized by the Ohio General Assembly. Like eighty-six other counties (the exception is Summit), the county has the following elected officials, as provided by statute:

  • Three county commissioners (the Board of Commissioners): Control budget; approve zoning; approve annexations to cities and villages; set overall policy; oversee departments under their control
  • County auditor: Values property for taxation; issues dog, kennel, and cigarettelicenses; issues licenses for retailers for sales tax purposes; inspects scales, pumps, etc., used in commerce to see that they are accurate
  • County clerk of court of common pleas: Keeps filings of lawsuitsand orders of the county court of common pleas; records titles for motor vehicles
  • County coroner: Determines causes of deathin certain cases; is the only person with the power to arrest the sheriff.
  • County engineer: Maintains county roadsand land maps
  • Prosecuting attorney: Prosecutes feloniesand is the legal advisor to all other county officials and departments
  • County recorder: Keeps all landrecords, including deeds, surveys, mortgages, easements, and liens
  • County treasurer: Collects taxes, invests county money, provide financial oversight to municipalities and school districts in the county
  • County sheriff: Chief law enforcement officer, polices areas without local police; runs the county jail; acts as officer of the local courts (transporting prisoners, serving subpoenas, acting as bailiff, etc.)

All of these officials are elected to four-year terms in November of even-numbered years after being nominated in partisan primary elections. One commissioner and the auditor are elected in the same year as the governor in one cycle; the other two commissioners and the other officials are elected in the same year as the president of the United States. The clerk, coroner, prosecutor, recorder, and sheriff begin their terms on the first Monday in January. The auditor’s term begins on the second Monday in March. The treasurer’s term begins on the first monday in September. The commissioner who is elected with the governor begins his term on January 1. Of the other two seats, one term begins on January 2 and the second on January 3.

Any citizen of Ohio and the United States who is eighteen years of age or older and lives in the county may run for commissioner, auditor, treasurer, clerk of courts, or recorder. The other offices have specific additional requirements: candidates for prosecutor must be licensed to practice law; candidates for coroner must be licensed to practice medicine for two years; candidates for engineer must be both licensed surveyors and engineers; and candidates for sheriff must have certain education and supervisory experience in law enforcement.

If a vacancy arises, it is filled by the county central committee of the political party to which the former official belonged, i.e., the Republicans appoint someone to an office held by a Republican and the Democrats to an office held by a Democrat. If an office becomes vacant before the November election in the even-numbered year midway through the term, the appointee must run in a special election for the remainder of the term. If the office becomes vacant after then, the appointment is for the remainder of the term.

The Board of County Commissioners is the combined executive and legislative branch of county government but as their control over the independently elected officials is limited, there is effectively no real executive. However, one of the members of the board is named president of the board. The commissioners receive a full-time salary, but commissioners often have full-time occupations on the side. The board also employs a clerk to record its proceedings.

The board of commissioners often create numerous subordinate departments to handle specific services. These vary from county to county; among the most common are departments for building and zoning, health, economic development, water and sewer service, and emergency management.

There is also a county educational service center (previously known as the county board of education) presided over by a board of education, typically numbering five members, elected to staggered four-year terms in non-partisan elections in odd-numbered years. The center supplies services to the individual school districts in the county and exercises some limited control over the class of school districts known as “local school districts.” (“City school districts” and “exempted village school districts” are free from any oversight by the county board.) Counties also have a board of mental retardation and developmental disabilities to educate disabled children. The members of this board are appointed.

Elections are administered in each county by a four-member board of elections which consists of two Republicans and two Democrats appointed by the Ohio Secretary of State at the recommendation of each county party. The board employs a director, who must be of the opposing political party of the chairman of the board of elections, and a deputy director, who must be of the political party of the chairman of the board.

The county has a court of common pleas, which is the court of first instance for felonies and certain high-value civil cases. All judges in Ohio are elected to six-year terms in non-partisan elections after being nominated in partisan primaries.

Cities, Villages, and Townships

According to countryaah, Athens County, Ohio has the following cities and towns:


  • Alexander
  • Ames
  • Athens
  • Bern
  • Canaan
  • Carthage
  • Dover
  • Lee
  • Lodi
  • Rome
  • Trimble
  • Troy
  • Waterloo
  • York

Incorporated Cities

  • Athens
  • Nelsonville

Incorporated Villages

  • Albany
  • Amesville
  • Buchtel
  • Chauncey
  • Coolville
  • Glouster
  • Jacksonville
  • Trimble

Unincorporated communities

  • Carbondale, Ohio
  • Doanville, Ohio
  • Enterprise, Ohio
  • Frost, Ohio
  • Guysville, Ohio
  • Hebbardsville, Ohio
  • Hockingport, Ohio
  • Imperial, Ohio
  • Mineral, Ohio
  • New England, Ohio
  • New Floodwood, Ohio
  • Redtown, Ohio
  • Sharpsburg, Ohio
  • Stewart, Ohio
  • The Plains

Institutions of Higher Learning

  • Hocking College
  • Ohio University


The largest employer in Athens County is Ohio University. Other significant employers include McBee Industries and Hocking College. Historically, the first industry was salt production, and coal and timber followed soon thereafter. However, the accessible portions of the number 6 coal have been largely mined out, and current mining operations are only a very few small strip mines and longwall operations.


Athens County is served by three principal news publications:

  • The Athens Messenger, a daily paper published by the Brown Publishing Company, which also publishes a weekly tabloid names the Athens Insider
  • The Athens News, a free semi-weekly tabloid published by Bruce Mitchell
  • The Post, the student newspaper of Ohio University

In addition, The Spire, the student newspaper of Hocking College, is published on an occasional basis.

In addition, Ohio University’s telecommunications center provides public radio and television. The FM radio system covers all of southeastern Ohio.

  • FM Public Radio
    • WOUB-FM, Athens, 91.3 FM
    • WOUC-FM, Cambridge, 89.1 FM
    • WOUH-FM, Chillicothe, 91.9 FM
    • WOUL-FM, Ironton, 89.1 FM (the “L” is from Lawrence Co.)
    • WOUZ-FM, Zanesville, 90.1 FM
  • AM Public Radio: WOUB-AM, 1340 AM (Athens only)
  • Public Television: WOUB-TV, broadcast channel 20

Private broadcast media include:

  • WXTQ-FM and WATH-AM (Athens)
  • WSEO-FM and WAIS-AM (Nelsonville)
  • WJKW-FM, 95.9 FM (Athens; Christian format)
  • WEAK-LPFM, 106.7, “Union Station” (Athens, oldies)

Public Lands

Federal Lands

  • Belleville Lock and Dam Public Access Area (Troy Township)
  • Tom Jenkins Dam (at Burr Oak State Park, Trimble Township)
  • Wayne National Forest (Dover, York, Trimble, Canaan Townships)

State Lands

  • Burr Oak State Park
  • Strouds Run State Park
  • Acadia Cliffs Wildlife Area
  • Fox Lake Wildlife Area
  • Waterloo Wildlife Experimentation Station
  • Marie J. Desonier State Nature Preserve
  • Riddle State Nature Preserve
  • Gifford State Forest
  • Waterloo State Forest
  • Zaleski State Forest

County Properties

  • Frost Park
  • Adena-Hockhocking Bike Path

Map of Athens County Ohio