Ohio Governor's Imagination Library

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction is partnering with the Ohio Governor’s Office Imagination Library and Dolly Patron’s Imagination Library to support the childhood literacy initiative by ensuring incarcerated parents and visitors to our facilities are aware of this free service to the children of Ohio. Any child in Ohio between birth and age 5 can receive a free book at their homes each month when enrolled. 

The following list of facilities volunteered to be the first ten institutions to partner with the Imagination Library:

  • Belmont Correctional Institution
  • Chillicothe Correctional Institution
  • Corrections Reception Center
  • London Correctional Institution
  • Madison Correctional Institution
  • Mansfield Correctional Institution
  • Marion Correctional Institution
  • Northeast Reintegration Center
  • Ross Correctional Institution
  • Southeastern Correctional Institution


Each institution has an employee who has volunteered to ensure resources are available to incarcerated persons and to the visitors to our institutions by February 01, 2022. 

  •  Each facility has been enrolled in the Imagination Library service to receive multiple copies each month of the books that children receive at their home.  Institutions are expected to start receiving their books in March. 
  • These books will be available in the visitation reading rooms and in other designated locations where incarcerated parents can practice reading the books their children are receiving.  We hope that each site will develop a process to allow incarcerated parents record their reading of an Imagination Library book and provide to their child electronically through their tablet during 2022.
  • Each county has an Imagination Library affiliate and institution coordinators are expected to work with the affiliate to support this initiative. 
  • Families can enroll your child directly at https://ohioimaginationlibrary.org/enroll .  ODRC will also place a link for registration at www.drc.ohio.gov and at ohdoc.gtlvisitme.com/  which is the site for visitor reservations. 
  • Paper handouts will be made available to incarcerated persons to mail home and will be made available to guests when they visit. 
  • All ODRC facilities are projected to become an Imagination Library partner site by April 01, 2022. 


Belmont Correctional Institution


Marion Correctional Institution