2280 Hard Road
Columbus, OH 43235
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Northwest Library is situated just north of the I-270 Outerbelt and west of OH-315, indicated by the #2 marker on the map.
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Northwest Library is accessible by COTA bus via the 30 Express - Smoky Row (PDF) route. The nearest bus stop is at the corner of Hard Road and Smoky Row Road, approximately one-half mile away.
The Northwest Library is a cooperative project of the Worthington Libraries and the Columbus Metropolitan Library and is managed by the Worthington Libraries. The Northwest Library primarily serves the area between the Olentangy and Scioto rivers, extending from the Delaware County line south to Henderson Road.
In 1992, trustees from Columbus Metropolitan Library and Worthington Libraries began meeting regularly to explore ways to provide library service to the fast growing northwest area of Franklin County. On October 13, 1993, the two library boards signed a Joint Development Agreement for the Construction and Operation of a New Library Facility. Groundbreaking for the facility took place on September 13, 1994 and Opening Day was April 16, 1996. It is the first library in Ohio and only the second in the entire nation to be built and operated by two library systems.
The collection of the Northwest Library includes nearly 200,000 books, CDs and DVDs as well as hundreds of magazine and newspaper subscriptions.
Find your way by downloading the Northwest Library Floor Plan (PDF).
Northwest Library is 23,000 sq. ft. on a single level. It is accessible for persons with disabilities.
As you enter and pass through the building, you will encounter:
- Lobby (cafe service)
- Meeting Room
- Circulation (accounts desk and self-serve reserves)
- Homework Help Center
- Children's area (Story Garden)
- Audiovisual and popular items (audiobooks, music CDs, and DVDs)
- Information desk
- Main reading room (current magazines and newspapers, new books, large-print items)
- Fiction and nonfiction collection (with a special area for mysteries)
- Study rooms
- Teen room
- After-hours pickup
- Book sales
- Cafe service
- Community bulletin board
- Computers and software
- Copying, printing, faxing and scanning
- Disability services
- Drive-up services
- Homework Help Center
- Job help
- Meeting room
- Tax forms
- Tutor room
- Wireless access
- Wireless printing
Parking for Northwest Library is available in a dedicated parking lot. Bike racks are also available.
rev. February 2013