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.

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

Worthington High School Yearbooks

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

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

The library offers Worthington-area newspapers on microfilm, from 1812 to the present day. Worthington Memory includes an index of articles published in a selection of these newspapers and houses abstracts of newspaper articles that visitors may search in order to access the full-text articles on microfilm.

Not all of the library's microfilmed newspapers have been indexed. Linked titles below have been partially or fully indexed; clicking on a linked title will take you to a search page for that title on Worthington Memory.

  • Central Ohio Review (1/14/1884 - 5/2/1885)
  • Delaware Gazette (12/21/1855 - 12/25/1857)
  • Franklin Chronicle [Worthington] (1/7/1820 - 9/24/1821)
  • Franklinton, Ohio Freeman's Chronicle (9/19/1812 - 9/3/1813; 11/5 & 12/10/1813; 12/31/1813 - 9/23/1814)
  • Delaware Patron (4/16/1823 - 4/15/1824; 4/22/1824 - 5/14/1824; 7/23/1829 - 5/6/1830)
  • Ohio Gazette [Delaware] (8/23/1834 - 12/20/1834)
  • Ohio State Gazette [Delaware] (5/13/1830 - 7/7/1831; 7/21/1832 - 8/16/1834)
  • Olentangy Gazette [Delaware] (12/27/1834 - 10/6/1838; 1/4/1840 - 8/31/1844; 3/14/1851 - 12/14/1855)
  • Patron & Franklin Chronicle [Delaware] (11/19/1821 - 4/9/1823)
  • This Week in Worthington (2/8/1993 - 4/19/2012)
  • This Week Worthington News (4/26/2012 - present)
  • Western Intelligencer (1/1/1812 - 12/10/1814)
  • 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)
  • Worthington News (3/12/1925 - 8/26/1992)
  • Worthington News (SNP) (3/25/1998 - 4/19/2012)
  • Worthington News This Week (9/14/1992 - 2/1/1993)
  • Worthington Spectator (5/5/1971 – 3/6/1974)
  • Worthington Suburbia News (1/6/1993 - 3/18/1998)

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

revised April 2016