Worthington Room

The Worthington Room contains resources by and about the history, government, organizations, and citizens of the Worthington area. The Worthington Room is open to the public and is located on the lower level of the Old Worthington Library. Holdings include books, maps, newspaper clippings, magazines, newsletters, microfilm and a microfilm reader.

Printing and scanning

Charge for printing from microfilm is ten cents per page. There is no charge to scan.

Community resources

The Worthington Room contains a wealth of information on the Worthington community, both past and present.

  • Worthington City Council Agendas and Minutes, 1995-current
  • Worthington School Board Minutes, 1994-present
  • City of Worthington Annual Budget, 1961, 1977, 1979-1998, 2000-2008. [977.156 WOR]
  • City of Worthington Annual Report, 1963, 1967-1968, 1970-1984, 1986, 1988-1994, 1996-2007 [977.156 WOR]
  • Worthington Schools Alumni Directory, 2006. [371.8 WOR]
  • The Intelligencer, monthly newsletter of the Worthington Historical Society, 1971-present [977.156 WOR]

Plat Maps

The Worthington Room collects numerous historic and recent plat maps of the Worthington Area, including:

  • Franklin County: 1842, 1883
  • Perry Township: 1872, 1910, 1977
  • Sharon Township: 1872, 1910

Telephone Directories

  • Columbus Ohio Suburban Directory, 1983-1986, 1988-1991, 1993-1994 [917.7156 POL]
  • A Directory of Worthington and Sharon Township, 1928, 1933. [977.156 DIR]
  • Franklin County, Ohio: Polk City Directory, 1997, 1999, 2002-2007 [917.7156 FRA]
  • Polk's Columbus City Directory, 1984-1989, 1991-1993 [917.7157 POL]

Worthington High School Yearbooks

  • The Cardinal (Thomas Worthington High School) 1937-38, 1942, 1945-1982, 1984-2007
  • The Oracle (Worthington High School) 1922, 1923, 1926, 1928, 1929, 1930
  • The Sentinel (Worthington Kilbourne High School) 1992-2007

Vertical files

The vertical files include newspaper clippings, brochures, pamphlets and other information on Worthington history, buildings, organizations, businesses, people, neighborhoods, schools and events. Please call us at 614-807-2626 to learn whether we have a file on the subject you are researching.

Newspapers on microfilm

  • Worthington News (3/12/1925 - 8/26/1992)
  • Worthington News This Week (9/14/1992 - 2/1/1993)
  • Worthington News (SNP) (3/25/1998 - present)
  • This Week in Worthington (2/8/1993 - present)
  • Worthington Spectator (5/5/1971 – 3/6/1974)
  • Worthington Suburbia News (1/6/1993 - 3/18/1998)
  • Franklin Chronicle [Worthington] (1/7/1820 - 9/24/1821)
  • Central Ohio Review (1/14/1884 - 5/2/1885)
  • Delaware Gazette (12/21/1855 - 12/25/1857)
  • Patron & Franklin Chronicle [Delaware] (11/19/1821 - 4/9/1823)
  • Delaware Patron (4/16/1823 - 4/15/1824; 4/22/1824 - 5/14/1824; 7/23/1829 - 5/6/1830)
  • Ohio State Gazette [Delaware] (5/13/1830 - 7/7/1831; 7/21/1832 - 8/16/1834)
  • Ohio Gazette [Delaware] (8/23/1834 - 12/20/1834)
  • Olentangy Gazette [Delaware] (12/27/1834 - 10/6/1838; 1/4/1840 - 8/31/1844; 3/14/1851 - 12/14/1855)
  • Westerville Public Opinion (4/29/1887 - 9/14/1893; 6/27/1895 - 12/27/1906; 1/2/1908 - 12/23/1920; 2/10/1921 - 4/24/1930)
  • Westerville Review (1/7/1880 - 12/29/1883; 1/12/1884 - 6/7/1884)
  • Franklinton, Ohio Freeman's Chronicle (9/19/1812 - 9/3/1813; 11/5 & 12/10/1813; 12/31/1813 - 9/23/1814)
  • Western Intelligencer (1/1/1812 - 12/10/1814)

Worthington Authors Collection

The Worthington Authors Collection highlights the intellectual and cultural achievements of past or current Worthington residents. Authors and editors residing or formerly residing within the Worthington Libraries service area are eligible to have their books included in this non-circulating collection. Some of the authors featured are horror novelist Gary Braunbeck, winner of two Bram Stoker Awards, Columbus Dispatch columnist Joe Blundo, and Paul Paolicelli, whose memoir Dances with Luigi is a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection.

Sayama Book Display

The Sayama Book display includes a collection of Japanese-language books donated to the Worthington Libraries by the Sayama Library in Sayama, Japan, a northern suburb of Tokyo. Since 1999, Worthington has been sister cities with Sayama, Japan, and the libraries share a sister-library relationship.

Local history book collection

The Worthington Room collection features a number of books highlighting the history of Worthington, Columbus, Franklin County, and Ohio. Some of these books are also available to be checked out.

Worthington History

Columbus and Franklin County

Ohio

  • Historical Collections of Ohio by Henry Howe. 1888. [977.1 HOW]
  • History of Ohio by Charles Galbreath. 1925. [977.1 G13]
  • Ohio History by the Ohio Historical Society. 1962-2002. [977.1 OHI]