Borrower's Guide

Welcome to Worthington Libraries!

We're glad to have you as a patron of our library system! Your library card gives you access to over four million items, including books, CDs, audiobooks and DVDs.

Loan policy

Please read this information carefully. There is no charge to borrow materials from Worthington Libraries, provided they are returned on time and in good condition. Items may be returned to any member library in the Central Library Consortium. To check out items, you must have your card number or photo ID.

It is your responsibility to:

  • Make sure your account is up to date with correct address, phone and e-mail address.
  • Let staff know if your name changes.
  • Be financially responsible for material borrowed with this card.
  • Monitor the material your child selects and checks out.
  • Pay all fines/charges for the late return, loss of or damage to all materials borrowed on this card.
  • Report a lost/stolen card immediately. Note: you are solely responsible for items lost/stolen by someone using your lost/stolen card until you report your card lost/stolen.

Borrowing limits

  • 50 Print Items
  • 30 Audio Items
  • 10 eBooks & Digital Audiobooks
  • 10 Movies

Loan periods*

Books & Audiobooks21 days
Music CDs, Non-Fiction Movies, eBooks & Digital Audiobooks14 days
Magazines & Pamphlets7 days
Fiction Movies7 days

* Some items may have a shorter loan period.

Renewing items

An item may be renewed 10 times for the original loan period if no one else has placed a reserve on it. Renewals are based on the "assigned branch," which means the Library that owns the item. You can renew items online by clicking on My account at You can also renew items in person at the Circulation Desk or at a self-checkout machine at the Library. To renew by phone, call Worthington Libraries at 614-807-2626 or the Automated Renewal Line at 614-479-4400. When calling, please provide your library card number and PIN (personal identification number) as well as the item numbers found on your checkout receipt.

Reserving items

You may reserve items online or by asking a staff member for assistance. When placing a reserve, select the library location where you want to pick up the item. You will be notified by phone, e-mail or text message when your reserved item is available and how long it will be held for pickup. Reserved books can be picked up in the Reserves area of each library or in after-hour pickup lockers at Old Worthington Library or Northwest Library. You can reserve up to three items over the phone. If the Library has the requested items available, they can be picked up in the Reserves area or the pickup lockers. To check the status of reserves, go to My account on the library's website.

Reserve limits

  • 30 Print Items
  • 30 Audio Items
  • 5 eBooks & Digital Audiobooks
  • 5 Movies

Fines and Other Charges

Adult Items (including DVDs)$0.20 per day
All Juvenile Items (including DVDs)$0.10 per day
Interlibrary Loan Materials$2.50 per day
Returned Check ChargesVariable
Maximum Fine Per Adult Item$5.00
Maximum Fine Per Juvenile Item$1.00

Your card will be blocked when you have accumulated more than $10.00 in fines. The fee for lost or damaged materials is the replacement cost plus the accrued fines. Money will be refunded for lost items that are found and returned within 30 days of payment. Replacement items will not be accepted in place of damaged or lost materials.

Overdue materials

  • 7 days past due
    The Library sends an overdue notice by e-mail, phone or text.
  • 21 days past due
    The Library sends an overdue notice by mail, phone or text.
  • 35 days past due
    If you have more than $25 worth of materials and/or fines, your account is turned over to Unique Management, Inc. (UMS), a materials recovery agency. A $12 non-refundable fee is added to your account to cover the cost of the recovery service. UMS will contact you through letters and phone calls.
  • 120 days past due
    UMS reports your overdue account to national credit bureaus, which may affect your credit rating for up to seven years.

Central Library Consortium

You can borrow and return items at any of the library locations listed here.

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Catalog features

My account

The My account feature on the catalog allows you to access information about your library account including items checked out, reserves and fines. When you click on My account from the website homepage, you'll be prompted to enter your library card number, followed by your PIN. Once you log in, you can see items you have checked out and opt to renew them. You can also see items on reserve and postpone reserves you aren't ready to receive.

Saved title lists and borrowing history

In My account, you can choose to activate Saved Title Lists and/or Borrowing History. As you're browsing the catalog, you can save items you would like to check out to a list. The list can be accessed online, printed and/or emailed. Borrowing history stores the items you have checked out on your card. The Library never shares your personal information with third parties and will take every step to protect your privacy, but we are obligated to share title lists and borrowing history with law enforcement personnel who come to us with a court order without your knowledge or consent. You may delete saved titles and borrowing history at any time.

Account settings & preferences

You can also use My account to update your mailing address, phone number and e-mail address and change your PIN. You may also choose whether to receive notification of reserves by phone, e-mail or text message and can sign up to receive checkout receipts by e-mail or text message.