In 2007, Worthington Libraries
received the prestigious national Library of the Year
award presented by Library Journal and Thomson
Gale Publishing. This award annually recognizes the
library that most profoundly demonstrates outstanding
community service. Worthington Libraries was previously
a finalist for this award in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2006.
Since its inception in 1803,
Worthington has valued the vital role a public library
plays in the education and enlightenment of its
residents. In fact, our founder, James Kilbourne, asked
the original settlers to contribute $2 toward the
establishment of a library before they left New England.
Today, Worthington Libraries is the
ninth highest circulating library in Ohio (behind only
the eight metropolitan library systems) and provides
residents with access to over 3 million items in two
modern facilities: Old Worthington Library at 820 High
Street and Northwest Library at 2280 Hard Road. Managed
by Worthington Libraries, the Northwest Library is a
cooperative project with the Columbus Metropolitan
Library. It is one of only two jointly operated
libraries in the United States.
Both libraries provide quality,
up-to-date materials and resources. The Library also
maintains an award-winning digital library,
Worthington Libraries Online, which includes access
to KnowItNow24x7, a live online reference service
available 24 hours a day, and free online tutoring for
students. You can also download books and movies
directly from the library’s website.
To further meet the education,
information and entertainment needs of the community,
the Library presents more than 1,000 programs annually,
many of which represent partnerships with other
community organizations. Worthington Libraries
collaborates with the Worthington Historical Society on
Worthington Memory, an online scrapbook of
Worthington history. The library maintains an extensive
collection of business resources.
Hours of operation for both libraries
are: Monday-Thursday, 9 am-9 pm, Friday and Saturday, 9
am-6 pm; and Sunday (September-May), 1 pm-5 pm. Staff at
Old Worthington Library can be reached at 807-2626.
Northwest Library can be reached at 807-2656.
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