Public Records Policy

WCPL Public Records Policy updated on 4/15/2013.

Access to information concerning the conduct of the people’s business is a right of every person in this
state. Records of the Wayne County Public Library (WCPL) which are not exempt from disclosure under the
law are available for inspection and copying in accordance with the Ohio Public Records Act. Requests for
records may be made during regular business hours to:

  1. Fiscal Officer, Chris Bailey
  2. Operations Center, 304 North Market Street, Wooster, OH 44691
  3. 330-804-4680

You may view the records you have requested at all reasonable times during the regular business hours of
this office. If you wish to view public records of our office, we will promptly make them available to you. If
you wish to receive copies of records, we will provide them within a reasonable period of time. “Prompt”
and “reasonable” take into account the volume of records requested; the proximity of the location where
the records are stored; and the necessity for any legal review of the records requested.

Once we have received your request, we will provide our response or acknowledge your request and
provide you with: an estimate of when you should expect our response, an estimated cost if copies have
been requested, and the items (if any) that we expect may be exempt from disclosure. If at any time prior
to completing our response, we believe our response will take longer than initially estimated (because of
the volume of records requested, the proximity of location where the records are stored; or the complexity
of the legal review), we will inform you of this change.

It is within your rights not to:

  • Disclose your identity to the WCPL when you request records.
  • Provide our office with a written request.
  • Provide a reason why you have requested these records.

If any portion of your request for records must be denied because the records are exempt from disclosure
under the law, we will inform you which records you have requested are not public by clearly marking the
portion “redacted” or we will explain which portions of the record(s) have been redacted. In addition, we
will provide you with the legal authority upon which we have relied.

Please note that if we have denied your request because it is overbroad, ambiguous, or doesn’t reasonably
identify our records, we will provide you with information about how our records are maintained and if you
wish, you may revise your request for the records.

A fee for copies of public records may be charged which covers the direct costs of duplication incurred by
the WCPL. Currently this fee is $.05 per page and $1.00 per CD-ROM. In addition, actual cost of postage or
other delivery may be charged. We may require payment of these fees prior to processing your request.
Files sent electronically will not incur charges.

Feel free to ask our Fiscal Office any questions you may have about public records.