About Us

We build connections that make lives better.

Our expert staff create educational, social, and entertaining experiences for your whole family. Let us guide you to resources for your lifelong journey of learning and discovery.

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we are passionate about our mission

Administrative Team

Beth Hatch

Director

Kate Porter

Assistant Director

Gregory Ramage

Director of Support Services

Lori Piergallini

Fiscal Officer

Julie Whitt

Human Resources Manager

Administrative Team

Beth Hatch – Library Director

E-Mail: bhatch@ualibrary.org
Phone: (614) 486-0900

Beth Hatch has been the Director since 2019, and serves as chief operating officer for the Upper Arlington Public Library. She previously served as the Director of the Perry Public Library in Northeast Ohio. She began her career in public libraries in 2003, and served in a variety of roles. In addition to serving as director, she has served as a Special Projects Manager, Virtual Services Manager, PR and Marketing Librarian, and Reference Librarian. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Library Science from Kent State University and a Masters in Communication from Lake Erie College.

Kate Porter – Assistant Director

E-Mail: kporter@ualibrary.org
Phone: (614) 486-0900

Kate Porter is the Assistant Director and is responsible for the operation of the public services departments. She has been with the Library since 1998 and previously held the positions of Circulation Manager and Media Services Manager. Prior to joining Upper Arlington Public Library, Kate was the Public Services Team Leader at the Washington-Centerville Public Library near Dayton. She has been very active in the Library’s computer system users’ group and has held several leadership positions in the group over the years. Kate has a BA in History from Wittenberg University, an MA in History from the University of Delaware and a Masters of Library Science from Kent State University. She is an alumna of the Leadership UA class of 2011. Her passion is providing excellent services, programs and materials to the residents of our community.

Lori Piergallini – Fiscal Officer

E-Mail: lpiergallini@ualibrary.org
Phone: (614) 486-0900

As fiscal officer, Lori Piergallini, is responsible for the financial operations of the Library. Lori joined the Upper Arlington Public Library administration in February 2018 after a 30 year career with the Ohio Auditor of State’s office where she was a Senior Audit Manager. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Kent State University and an MBA from Franciscan University. She is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association and the Association of Government Accountants.

Greg Ramage – Director of Support Services

E-Mail: gramage@ualibrary.org
Phone: (614) 486-0900

Greg Ramage is the Director of Support Services and is responsible for the operation of the library’s IT, Technical Services, and Facilities departments. He came to the Upper Arlington Public Library in 2008 and previously held the position of IT Manager. Prior to joining Upper Arlington Public Library, Greg held the position of Manager of Library IT at The Ohio State University Libraries. Greg has a BS in Human Ecology from The Ohio State University.

Julie K. Whitt – Human Resources Manager

E-Mail: jwhitt@ualibrary.org
Phone: (614) 486-0900

Julie Whitt is the Human Resources Manager at the Upper Arlington Public Library. She has been with the Library since 2001. Julie has over 25 years of experience in the field of human resources including work at St. Vincent Family Centers and Mount Carmel Health Systems. Julie has been active in the Ohio Library Council’s Human Resources and Trainer Division. Julie holds a BA in Human Resources Management and Business Management from Franklin University. Julie’s goal in her position is to help build and support a strong Library team to provide excellent services to the UA community.

Department Managers

Kate Albers – Miller Park Branch Manager

E-Mail: kalbers@ualibrary.org
Phone: (614) 488-5710 x350

Steve Benson – Facilities Manager

E-Mail: sbenson@ualibrary.org
Phone: (614) 486-9621 x200

Jen Christensen – Technical Services Manager

E-Mail: jchristensen@ualibrary.org
Phone: (614) 486-9621 x300

Pam Cole – Lane Road Branch Manager

E-Mail: pcole@ualibrary.org
Phone: (614) 459-0273 x375

Sara Coles – Customer Service Manager

E-Mail: scoles@ualibrary.org
Phone: (614) 486-9621 x150

Jennifer Faure – Community Relations Manager

E-Mail: jfaure@ualibrary.org
Phone: (614) 486-9621 x252

Brittany Harrison – Youth Department Manager

E-Mail: bharrison@ualibrary.org
Phone: (614) 486-9621 x325

Erin Hendricks – Research Department Manager

E-Mail: ehendricks@ualibrary.org
Phone: (614) 486-9621 x275

Christine Minx – Marketing and Communications Manager

E-Mail: cminx@ualibrary.org
Phone: (614) 486-9621 x250

Dale Ray – Adult Department Manager

E-Mail: dray@ualibrary.org
Phone: (614) 486-9621 x125

Our Origin Story

History & Governance

The Upper Arlington Public Library System was created by the passage of Ohio House Bill No. 494, which took effect December 11, 1967. The Library system is governed by a seven-member, independent Board of Trustees appointed by the City Council of Upper Arlington. The trustees delegate the daily administration of the Library system to the Library Director and Administration Staff.

The City of Upper Arlington is the Library’s taxing authority at the local level.

As of May 2022, the Library receives about 64% of its income from the renewal of a 2 mill levy first passed in 2007 and overwhelmingly renewed by voters in 2012 and 2016 plus a 1 mill increase. This ten year operating levy will expire at the end of 2032.

As of July 2015, Ohio’s public libraries are funded through 1.7% of the State’s total general tax revenue. This fund is called the Public Library Fund and is disbursed at the county level. The UA Library is one of 7 libraries in Franklin County and receives 33% of its annual income from the Public Library Fund. While this level of state funding is rare nationwide, our current income from the state is 17% less than it was in 2008.

The Upper Arlington Public Library system is comprised of the Main Library, a 60,000 square foot facility located on Tremont Road near the geographic center of the city, the 10,000 square foot Lane Road Branch, approximately three miles to the north, and the 4,400 square foot Miller Park Branch, one and one half miles south near the center of Old Arlington.

Our Mission & Values

Mission Statement

The Library’s mission is to create educational, social, and entertaining experiences to build connections that make lives better.

Core Value

The highly trained staff at the UA Library offer personalized guidance through abundant resources that provide access to lifelong learning and discovery opportunities.

Together for UA

Our Key Community Partners

OUR MISSION

We build connections that make lives better

We support your goals through highly qualified, helpful and friendly staff, a 5-Star-Library worthy collection, and technology. 

Call us:

(614) 486-9621

Beth Hatch

Director
director@ualibrary.org

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2800 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, OH 43221
(614) 486-9621

1945 Lane Road, Upper Arlington, OH 43220
(614) 459-0273

1901 Arlington Ave, Upper Arlington, OH 43212
(614) 488-5710

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2800 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, OH 43221 • (614) 486-9621