February 12, 2001

Mr. Robert A. Neinast
8617 Ashford Lane
Pickerington, Ohio 43147

Dear Mr. Neinast:

Enclosed is the opinion of the Franklin County Prosecuting
Attorney's Office concerning your assertion that the Columbus
Metropolitan Library Board and Administration do not have
the authority to make a rule requiring its customers to wear
shoes.  As you will note, Mr. Glasgow has determined that
public library boards do have that authority, and therefore
we will not be making any changes concerning this issue.

We hope you will continue to make use of the library.

Sincerely,


LARRY D. BLACK
Director