Ohio Ross County Public Libraries

By | January 1, 2023

We are providing a comprehensive directory of public libraries in Ross 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 Ross County.

Street Address: 140-146 S. Paint ST., Chillicothe, OH 45601
Phone Number: (740) 702-4145 Ross 630,616 423,332

Street Address: 140-146 Paint ST., Chillicothe, OH 45601
Phone Number: (740) 702-4145 Ross N/A N/A

Street Address: 167 W. Springfield ST., Frankfort, OH 45628
Phone Number: (740) 702-4175 Ross N/A N/A

Street Address: 17 Main St, Kingston, OH 45644
Phone Number: (740) 702-4180 Ross N/A N/A

5. Branch Library NORTHSIDE BRANCH
Street Address: 550 Buckeye St, Chillicothe, OH 45601
Phone Number: (740) 702-4100 Ross N/A N/A

Street Address: 204 N Quarry St, Bainbridge, OH 45612
Phone Number: (740) 702-4185 Ross N/A N/A

Street Address: 770 Main St, Richmond Dale, OH 45673
Phone Number: (740) 702-4190 Ross N/A N/A

Street Address: 4297 Broadway St, South Salem, OH 45681
Phone Number: (937) 981-2400 Ross N/A N/A

Overview of Ross County, Ohio

Ross County is a county located in the state of Ohio. As of 2000, the population is 73,345. Its county seat is Chillicothe and is named for Federalist Senator James Ross of Pennsylvania.


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.

Current officials

County officials are:

  • County AuditorStephen A. Neal (D)
  • County Board of Elections
    • Stephen A. Madru (D)
    • Don E. Fuller
    • Beth Neal (D)
    • Ron Fields
  • Clerk of CourtsTy D. Hinton (D)
  • Board of Commissioners
    • James M. Caldwell (R) (president)
    • Teresa J. Knott (D)
    • Francis “Frank” Hirsch (D) (vice president)
  • Ross County Common Pleas Court:
    • Judge William J. “Jhan” Corzine III (D)
    • Judge Nicholas H. Holmes Jr. (D)
    • Probate and Juvenile Court Judge Richard G. Ward (R)
    • Magistrate John Di Cesare
  • County CoronerJohn Gabis (D)
  • County EngineerDon E. Carnes (R)
  • County ProsecutorScott Nusbaum (R)
  • County RecorderKathleen “Kathy” Dunn (D)
  • County TreasurerJerald A. “Jerry” Byers (D)
  • County SheriffRonald L. Nichols (D)


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,795 km² (693 mi²). 1,783 km² (688 mi²) of it is land and 12 km² (5 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.66% water.

Adjacent counties

  • Pickaway County (north)
  • Hocking County (northeast)
  • Vinton County (east)
  • Jackson County (southeast)
  • Pike County (south)
  • Highland County (southwest)
  • Fayette County (northwest)


As of the census of 2000, there are 73,345 people, 27,136 households, and 19,185 families residing in the county. The population density is 41/km² (106/mi²). There are 29,461 housing units at an average density of 17/km² (43/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 91.74% White, 6.20% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. 0.58% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 27,136 households out of which 32.70% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.20% are married couples living together, 11.10% have a female householder with no husband present, and 29.30% are non-families. 24.90% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.30% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.50 and the average family size is 2.97.

In the county, the population is spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 31.60% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 12.20% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 108.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 109.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $37,117, and the median income for a family is $43,241. Males have a median income of $35,892 versus $23,399 for females. The per capita income for the county is $17,569. 12.00% of the population and 9.10% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 15.10% of those under the age of 18 and 10.20% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Municipalities and census-designated places

  • Adelphi
  • Bainbridge
  • Chillicothe
  • Clarksburg
  • Frankfort
  • Kingston
  • North Fork Village
  • South Salem