Westerville Public Library

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Westerville Public Library
Typepublic library
LocationWesterville, Ohio
Access and use
Population served92,603
Other information
DirectorErin Francoeur

The Westerville Public Library is a public library that serves the community of Westerville, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. As a school district library, its geographic boundaries are defined by the Westerville City School District (Franklin County, Ohio) which straddles both Franklin County and Delaware County. All Ohio residents can apply for a Westerville Public Library card.

As of December, 2014, the library had 118,720 registered borrowers, circulated 2,102,171 items and saw 81,475 people attending library programs and events with total operating costs of $6,567,375.[1]


The library is located at 126 South State Street, in the heart of Uptown Westerville. To access the library's parking lot, turn onto Library Rd from Walnut St.


Circulating Materials[edit]

The library circulates (i.e. allows card holders to borrow) the following types of items in various formats for education or entertainment purposes:

Books Movies Music Other
Audiobooks on CD Blu-ray CDs Art Prints
Books Described Videos for the Visually Impaired eMusic Baskets
eAudiobooks DVDs CD-ROM
eBooks Playaway Videos eMagazines
Large Print Spanish-Language DVDs Electricity Usage Monitors
Playaways Magazines
Readalongs Puzzles
Somali-Language Books Science & Literacy Kits
Spanish-Language Books USB Drives
Wi-Fi Hotspots

Library card holders also have the option to request items from other libraries through SearchOhio or OhioLINK.

Events & Programs[edit]

The library hosts events and programs for patrons of all ages, including story times, computer classes, book clubs, etc. There were 2,343 events held in 2015.[2]

Library Link[edit]

Library Link, established as a service to replace Project Connect in 2004, makes daily deliveries of Westerville Public Library materials to any participating school in the Westerville City School District. Students, faculty and staff of the participating schools can all receive library materials, except for art prints, as dictated by library policies.

Services for Seniors & Homebound Individuals[edit]

Outreach Services offers free delivery of library materials to persons who are physically unable to visit the library, including the elderly, the disabled and those who are temporarily incapacitated by illness or accident. Outreach also offers free delivery to full-time caregivers and any resident of a nursing home, assisted living facility, or senior apartment within the Westerville City School District, regardless of health or mobility.


The Westerville Public Library website provides free access to the library's catalog of circulating materials, as well as remote access to an extensive collection of research databases and digital collections, such as ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and music.


The Westerville Public Library has been recognized as being on the "cutting edge" in the technology field; as one study notes, "it was the first Ohio library to provide public internet access, the first to have a Web-based catalog, the first to implement self-check machines, etc."[3]


  • 1930: The Westerville Public Library was established on December 15, 1930 and was located on the first floor of the residence of Purley Baker, temperance leader in the Anti-Saloon League. Cora Bailey was the librarian, and within several weeks it contained 3,062 volumes and 885 registered borrowers.
  • 1932: The library expanded to the second floor of the municipal building (which is today a part of the municipal complex on State Street).


  • 1952: Jane Willson Bradford became director.
  • 1954: A new building was constructed on the current site. It boasted 41,000 volumes and 4,000 borrowers.


  • 1973: The sole trustee of the Anti-Saloon League donated to the library their headquarters, land and extensive 200,000 volume temperance collection. (This building now houses the library's Administrative Offices, Community Services Department, the Local History Resource Center and the Anti-Saloon League Museum.)
  • 1979: A levy was passed and 17,820 square feet (1,656 m2) of space was added to the library, including a public meeting room and a study area.


  • 1980s: The library's catalog became an online computerized system in the 1980s
  • 1988: Don W. Barlow assumed the directorship.


  • 1991 Implemented Dial-up internet access to the library's catalog. Circulation was over 1.2 million and holdings over 200,000 volumes.
  • 1993: Westerville patrons became the first in the state to use self check-out machines.
  • 1994: Westerville became the first public library in Ohio to offer full Internet access to patrons via the World Wide Web. The library spearheaded a community information network in Westerville by developing home pages for the City of Westerville, Westerville City Schools, the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau.
  • 1995: Voters passed a levy by 63% for an expansion project which added 27,000 square feet (2,500 m2) to the facility, providing space for an expanding collection, increased seating, and a technology center.
  • 1997: The library was recognized as a leader in technology in 1997, receiving the "Technology Company of the Year" Award for Central Ohio.
  • 1998: Two 1998 Builders Exchange Craftsmanship Awards were earned for outstanding exterior masonry work and the meticulously paneled two-story birch wall in the atrium. The expanded area included a gift shop operated by the Friends of the Library.
  • 1999: Patrons were given the ability to reserve items through the Internet and pick them up through a drive-up window. In September 1999, Hennen's American Public Library Rating Index rated 9,000 libraries nationwide and named Westerville Public Library top-ranked library among those serving populations of 50,000 to 99,999.


  • 2000: Book delivery to homebound and senior citizen facilities increased by 135%. In December, the 1983 catalog system was replaced by Millennium, a product of Innovative Interfaces, Inc., equipping every computer with Web-based access to the library collection, nineteen databases, a catalog just for kids.
  • 2002: The first operating levy for the library passed, assisting with the loss of state funding.
  • 2003: Hennen’s ranked the Library as No. 2 in the nation.
  • 2004: Library Link was established, a project that provides daily delivery of library materials to every school in the Westerville City School District.
  • 2005: The library served the needs of 78,300 cardholders, receiving 621,704 walk-in visitors and .5 million electronic visits. Total holdings are over 347,000 volumes with over 500 periodical subscriptions.[4]
  • 2006: A building project was completed that enlarged the Media Department, provided a Computer Room for children and created an area for teens. The library led a consortium of five Ohio county public libraries in the establishment of SearchOhio, a network for sharing resources. SearchOhio also has access to the collections of Ohio's College and Universities. The John R. Kasich Congressional Collection was unveiled, the only such collection listed in the National Archives to be held by a public library.
  • 2007: A 0.8-mill replacement levy passed by a 78% margin. Circulation topped 1.9 million items.
  • 2009: The library had 95,470 registered borrowers, circulated 2,149,919 items and saw 51,351 people attending library programs and events with total operating costs of $6,055,323.


  • 2010: Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings ranked Westerville as the 8th best public library in the nation among those serving district populations of 50,000 to 99,999.[5] The library was also recognized as a “Star Library” and awarded a 5-star rating (the highest possible) in the 2010 Index of Public Library Service recently released by Library Journal. (Out of 7,407 public libraries, only 85 received a five-star ranking.)[6]
  • 2011: Library Journal ranked Westerville as a 5-Star Library. (Out of 7,513 public libraries, only 85 received a five-star ranking.)[7] A 2-mill replacement levy was approved by voters in November 2011. The 2-mill levy replaced a 0.8-mill levy originally passed in 2002 and allowed the library to reopen on Sundays, among other projects.[8]
  • 2013: Library Journal ranked Westerville as a 5-Star Library. (Out of more than 9,000 public libraries, only 82 received a five-star ranking.)[9]
  • 2014: The Ohio SHRM State Council and Best Companies Group named the Westerville Public Library as one of the Best Employers in Ohio in 2014. Forty businesses were named and the Westerville Public Library was ranked as #16 in the Small/Medium Employer Category. [10] Library Journal has recognized the Westerville Public Library as a Five-Star Library. Of the 7,586 public libraries nationwide that were ranked this year, only 85 were awarded a five-star rating, placing Westerville in the top 1% of all public libraries in the United States.[11] Voted Best Library Children's Area & Best Library Story Times by Columbus Parent in 2014. [12]
  • Library Director Don W. Barlow was elected to the Ohio Library Council Hall of Fame for his lifetime achievements in Ohio libraries.
  • Library Journal recognized the Westerville Public Library as a Five-Star Library. Of the 7,586 public libraries nationwide that were ranked this year, only 82 were awarded a five-star rating.
  • 2015: SearchOhio has grown significantly and boasts a membership of 28 Public libraries, 82 Academic libraries with holdings of over 73 million items. "Columbus Parent's 2015 "Best of Columbus" Ranked Westerville as having the Best Children's Department and Children's Story hours.
  • Library Journal once again recognized the Westerville Public Library as a Five-Star Library. There were 85 libraries to receive this honor in 2015, placing the library in the top 1% of public libraries nationwide.
  • 2016: The Ohio SHRM State Council and Best Companies Group named the Westerville Public Library as one of the Best Employers in Ohio in 2016. Thirty-nine businesses were named and the Westerville Public Library was ranked as #14 in the Small/Medium Employer Category. [13]

Our Director Don W. Barlow was named the 2016 Business Person of the Year by the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce.

(Much of the information in this section was provided by the Westerville Public Library.)[14]

Other Information[edit]

Anti-Saloon League Museum[edit]

The Library is also the home of a museum for the Anti-Saloon League, a famous American temperance organization that was established in Oberlin, Ohio on May 24, 1893 and dissolved in 1933. The organization was established to "work for unification of public anti-alcohol sentiment, enforcement of existing temperance laws, and encourage the enactment of further anti-alcohol legislation."[15] The city of Westerville, Ohio was dry for well over a century. Westerville was once called the "dry capital of the world",[16] however it has recently relinquished that title as the first legal drink in recent times was served in Westerville in 2006.[17]

John R. Kasich Collection[edit]

On June 11, 2006, the Westerville Public Library unveiled the John R. Kasich Congressional Collection. The collection includes biographical, travel, campaign and Republican Party files from John Kasich's terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as correspondence with constituents, 1,128 multimedia files, speeches and memorabilia, such as his Congressional desk and the gavel he used as chair of the House budget committee.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ohio Public Library Statistics" (web). State Library of Ohio. Spring 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  2. ^ "About Us (Annual Report 2015)" (web). Westerville Public Library. 2016. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  3. ^ Jerry Kline & Don Barlow, Integrated Ecommerce in the Library: A Software Development Partnership Between Innovative Interfaces and the Westerville Public Library, Ohio, in Library/Vendor Relationships 137, 152 (Sam Brooks & David H. Carlson eds. 2006)
  4. ^ "2005 Ohio Public Library Statistics:Statistics by County and Town". State Library of Ohio. Retrieved October 30, 2006.
  5. ^ "Hennen's American Public Library Ratings". HAPLR Index. Retrieved March 29, 2011.
  6. ^ "America's Star Libraries, 2010: Top-Rated Libraries". Library Journal. Retrieved March 29, 2011.
  7. ^ "America's Star Libraries, 2011: Top-Rated Libraries". Library Journal. Retrieved April 2, 2012.
  8. ^ "Westerville library will restore Sunday hours March 4". Westerville News & Public Opinion. Retrieved April 2, 2012.
  9. ^ "America's Star Libraries, 2013: Top-Rated Libraries". Library Journal. Retrieved February 25, 2014.
  10. ^ "2014 "Best Employers in Ohio" SMALL/MEDIUM EMPLOYER CATEGORY (15 - 249 U.S. EMPLOYEES)". Best Companies Group. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  11. ^ "America's Star Libraries, 2014: Top-Rated Libraries". Library Journal. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  12. ^ "Columbus Parent's 2014 Best of Columbus". Columbus Parent. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  13. ^ "Best Employers in Ohio". Best Companies Group. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  14. ^ "Library History". Westerville Public Library. Retrieved March 29, 2011.
  15. ^ "Anti-Saloon League". Westerville Public Library. Retrieved December 25, 2006.
  16. ^ "Ohio History Central". Ohio History Encyclopedia. Retrieved December 25, 2006.
  17. ^ Rice, Lin (December 2006). "Uptown alcohol sales:Merchants say area is revitalized". ThisWeek Community Newspapers. Retrieved December 25, 2006.
  18. ^ Rice, Lin (June 15, 2006). "Supportive crowd greets Kasich at library" (web). ThisWeek Newspapers. Retrieved March 29, 2011.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°07′22″N 82°55′47″W / 40.122837°N 82.929756°W / 40.122837; -82.929756 (Westerville Public Library and Anti-Saloon League Museum)