Northwest Library, opened in 1996, is a cooperative project of the Columbus Metropolitan Library and Worthington Libraries. Managed by Worthington Libraries, it has the distinction of being one of only two libraries in the nation that is jointly operated by two separate library systems.
Patrons of Worthington Libraries have access to more than 4 million items through the Central Library Consortium, a partnership of 14 central Ohio libraries.
The Library is funded by two property tax levies; the most recent was approved by voters in November 2013, and through the state’s Public Library Fund.
The Library staff, which includes a high percentage of those with an MLS, works to maintain a healthy and varied collection, which includes foreign language materials, e-books, digital audiobooks and electronic resources.
The staff plans more than 1,000 programs and outreach events each year for everyone from babies to seniors, to teens and business people.
Cooperation is a defining characteristic of the Worthington community, and the Library regularly collaborates with the Worthington Schools, City of Worthington and Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, among many others, in the presentation of programs and the development and promotion of library services.
Members of the library staff are regular presenters at local and national conferences, and they are encouraged to get involved in the local community and to take advantage of opportunities for professional development.
In 2011, Worthington Libraries received the prestigious John Cotton Dana Award for outstanding public relations in recognition of our "Find yourself here." marketing campaign.
Worthington Libraries has been recognized as a Five-Star Library each year the ratings have been published by Library Journal. Of the thousands of public libraries evaluated annually, only 20 have received this distinction.