The Plains Public Library Branch

The Plains Public Library

14 S. Plains Road
The Plains, OH 45780

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Phone: (740) 797-4579
Fax: (740) 797-4579

Branch Hours
Library closings
Mon. -
Tue. -
Wed. -
Thu. -
Fri. -
Sat. -
Sun. Closed

Athens Public Transit official stop

Wireless Internet Available

Public Computers: 15

Meeting Room Capacity: 32

Branch Manager:
Ken Robinson

Children’s Librarian:
Betty Ranck

Talking Books Coordinator:
Stacey Carter-Kimball

Events at The Plains Public Library

Teen Time May 27 @ 4:00PM Young Adults
Summer Storytime with Betty June 3 @ 11:30AM Storytime
Columbus Zoo Animals Come to You! June 8 @ 2:00PM Book Camp
Summer Storytime with Betty June 10 @ 11:30AM Storytime
DIY Fun!!! Yarn Wrapped Bottles June 11 @ 3:00PM Young Adults
Archery! June 15 @ 2:00PM Book Camp
Summer Storytime with Betty June 17 @ 11:30AM Storytime
Bike First Aid June 18 @ 2:00PM Book Camp
Bike First Aid June 19 @ 2:00PM Book Camp
Can an Animal Be a Hero? June 22 @ 2:00PM Book Camp
Summer Storytime with Betty June 24 @ 11:30AM Storytime
The Copperheads: Baseball Heroes of Southern Ohio June 29 @ 2:00PM Book Camp
Summer Storytime with Betty July 1 @ 11:30AM Storytime


The Plains branch opened on January 20, 1991. It was the first branch in the Athens County Public Library system to be built specifically for library service. It heralded in a new era of library building projects; locations had previously been rented spaces or converted storefronts. Encouraged by the continuing growth of The Plains community, the library doubled in size during a quarter-million dollar expansion project in 1999. The branch’s central location in the county makes it a popular spot for residents from neighboring communities.

Children's Programs

The library has a modest study and play area for children. We feature public computers in our kids' section for the convenience of the children and their parents.

Programs for children are provided regularly, including preschool story time, after-school programs, and our countywide summer program, Book Camp.  A full-time children’s librarian is on staff.

E-Book Assistance

Need help with your Kindle, Nook, or iPad? Reserve an hour with a library tech for help with your device, including the use of our digital collection via The Ohio Digital Library.

To sign-up, contact The Plains Library at 740-797-4579

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