Library prioritizes safety and service as buildings remain closed

Southwest Public Libraries (SPL) will be offering expanded no-contact services and hours beginning July 6. In addition to no-contact pickup and returns which began in May, limited contactless printing, copying, scanning, and faxing will now also be available. Patrons will also be able to call and schedule a contactless pickup of Summer Reading Challenge prizes.

Expanded hours for these services will be:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday & Thursday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Closed Sunday

Library buildings remain closed at this time due to continued safety risks.

SPL began a phased reopening in May with library services to be reintroduced gradually, contingent upon pandemic developments and official guidelines. The library has been actively modifying building layouts and practices and instituting new protocols in preparation for reopening doors; however, with Franklin County currently under a Level 3 Public Health Emergency, approaching Level 4, reopening is delayed. Level 4 is the highest alert level under Governor DeWine’s new Public Health Advisory Alert System, marking severe coronavirus exposure and spread and limiting travel to essential services only.

“We are doing our best to serve our patrons while continuing to be responsible,” says Mark Shaw, Director of SPL. “Like our patrons, we are eager to reopen our doors, but doing so while cases spike risks the safety of our patrons, staff, and community. We will continue to closely monitor developments and adjust our plans accordingly.”

*Face Coverings (updated 7/9 and 7/14)*

If you are picking up holds, we highly encourage you to wear a face covering to help protect others and our staff. If you are seeking print, copy, scan, or fax services, a face covering is required. Thank you for your understanding. SPL remains committed to serving safely and will continue to follow guidelines established by local, state, and federal officials.

Effective 7/14: Franklin County Mask Order (this order applies even if Ohio falls below Level 3 (red) in the new Ohio Public Health Advisory Alert system)
Ohio Mask Order:
Masks CDC:

Available No-Contact Services

No-Contact Holds Pickup

Patrons may continue to reserve items for scheduled contactless pickup. More info about no-contact holds pickup and answers to FAQs are available here.  

Print, Copy, Scan, Fax

Limited no-contact printing, copying, scanning, and faxing are now available. Please call the library for details and assistance.
Grove City: 614-875-6716 ext. 503. Westland 614-878-1301 ext. 603.

Patrons may return items during no-contact service hours via the outdoor bookdrop (Westland) or designated bins (Grove City). Items will be quarantined for at least 96 hours before being checked in and removed from a patron's account.* This safety measure conforms with current results from the REALM project which is studying how long the COVID-19 virus lasts on common library, archives, and museum materials. (See section 'How We're Protecting Patrons and Staff' for more info on the REALM project.) SPL is fine free; patrons will not accrue overdue fines during the quarantine period.

*Quarantine has increased from 72 to 96 hours, effective 7/21, in accordance with the newest REALM results.

Summer Reading Challenge Prize Pickup

Beginning July 6, participants in SPL’s virtual Summer Reading Challenge (SRC) may call to schedule a contactless pickup of their halfway or final prize. SRC continues through July 25. Raffle winners will be chosen July 27 and contacted directly.

Digital Library

Patrons can continue to access digital eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming music and movies, and learning resources here.

Virtual Programming

Patrons may continue to enjoy virtual programming via the library’s Facebook page.

How We’re Protecting Patrons and Staff

Health and safety remain our priority. In addition to cleaning and disinfecting regularly, staff have been trained to handle all materials with appropriate precautions and are required to wear face coverings, practice social distancing, and employ frequent handwashing and sanitizing.

Returned items are quarantined for at least 96 hours before being checked in and made available to other patrons in accordance with results from the REALM project.* 

Please help us keep everyone healthy by not picking up holds or returning items if you or someone in your family is sick, by wearing facial coverings, and by continuing to practice social distancing.

SPL Materials Quarantine/REALM Project
SPL's materials quarantine procedures are guided by results from the REALM project and may be adjusted pending the most current results. The project is conducting research on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on common library, archives, and museum materials in order to provide "authoritative, science-based information on how—or if— materials can be handled to mitigate exposure to staff and visitors." The REALM project is a partnership between OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and BattelleResearchers will test various materials over several months. Test 1 concluded in June and tested five common library materials including hardback books, paperback books, and DVD cases. Test 2 concluded in July and tested five more types of library materials including magazines and board books. Several more tests will be conducted in the coming weeks, and SPL will adjust quarantine periods if necessary. Test results are available by visiting the REALM project link.

*Quarantine has increased from 72 to 96 hours, effective 7/21, in accordance with the newest REALM results.

 July expanded hours final

Library Hours

Sun Closed
Mon, Tue, Wed      10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thur 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Fri, Sat 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM


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Grove City Library

3959 Broadway
Grove City, OH 43123

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Westland Area Library

4740 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43228

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