Services and Hours Effective Monday, November 23

For the continued safety of our community, SPL will return to a revised, limited no-contact service model beginning Monday, November 23. 

There will be no building access except for no-contact services in the entryway. Patrons may still borrow items but through our revised no-contact holds pickup only. You no longer need to schedule a time to pick up holds, just call 15-20 minutes before you plan to arrive. Find more details below.

SPL has made this decision in light of exponentially surging COVID-19 cases and the newest health advisories from both the county and stateThe newest advisories mark severe exposure and spread wherein residents are strongly urged to only leave home for work, school, or essential needs.

No-Contact Services Available

  • No-Contact Holds Pickup (Easier than ever! You no longer need to schedule. Just call 15-20 min. before arrival. Details below.)
  • No-Contact Print, Copy, Scan, Fax
  • Returns
  • Grab & Go Bundles
  • Take & Make Kits
  • Virtual Programming
  • Digital Library 24/7

Hours of Service

  • Mon, Tue, Fri, & Sat: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Wed & Thu: 12:00 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Sun: Closed


***Masks that appropriately cover the mouth and nose are required for no-contact services. Thank you for helping us keep staff and others safe.***


No-Contact Holds Pickup (Revised. You spoke. We listened.)

You are still able to borrow items but through no-contact holds pickup only. You no longer need to call to schedule a pickup time, just call 15-20 minutes before you plan to arrive to pick up your holds. We’ve listened to your feedback about the difficulty of scheduled appointments and have made this adjustment to be more convenient yet still as safe as possible.

To borrow materials:

  • Place a hold request via the online catalog or by calling the library
  • Wait for a notification that your items are ready.
  • Call 15 – 20 minutes before you plan to arrive to pick up your holds so staff can then check out your items, bag them, and place them on the holds pick up tables just inside the entrance. You do not need to schedule a pickup time, just call 15 – 20 minutes before you plan to arrive.

    • Please be ready to provide your library card number when calling.
    • Bagged holds on the pickup table are already checked out; you may just grab your holds and go.
    • During busy times preparing your holds may take a bit longer. Thank you for your patience.
    • Please do not pick up holds if you or someone in your family is sick. Call us, and we will work with you to make sure your holds will still be there when you are well.

Grove City no-contact holds pickup: (614)-875-6716 x.501
Westland no-contact holds pickup: (614)-878-1301 x. 601


No-Contact Print, Copy, Scan, Fax

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


Returns

Returns are available during no-contact service hours only. Please use the outdoor bookdrop (Westland) or marked bins just inside the doors (Grove City). Returns are unavailable outside of service hours to prevent overflow.

Materials Quarantine
Returned 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. SPL is fine free; patrons will not accrue overdue fines during the quarantine period.


Grab & Go, Take & Make, Virtual Programming

Grab & Go

Book Bundles and Storytime Kits are available for checkout.

  • Ask for a surprise book bundle available during service hours or request to have a personalized bundle put together just for you. Call the library (Grove City ext. 503, Westland ext. 603), request online (Kids, Teen/Adult), or fill out a form during no-contact hours.

  • Storytime Kits can be reserved online or by calling Youth Services, Grove City ext. 502, Westland ext. 602.

Take & Make Kits

Each week, we offer fun take-home craft & activity kits available for both youth and adults. Available for pickup during no-contact hours while supplies last. See what’s coming up via the website calendar, Facebook events, or in the Happenings Newsletter (find online version under the website ‘Calendar’ tab.)

Virtual Programming

Join us for your favorite youth and adult programs presented online via our Facebook and YouTube accounts. See what’s coming up via the website calendar, Facebook events, or in the Happenings Newsletter (find online version under the website ‘Calendar’ tab.)


Digital Library

Our digital library is open 24/7. Browse and borrow tens of thousands of titles anytime, anywhere from eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines to streaming music and movies and more, or explore one of the many research, DIY, and business databases available under the ‘Resource’ tab.


FAQs

Access: When will access expand?
Safety remains our priority. SPL will expand service and access cautiously as health and safety conditions allow.

Book Donations: Are you accepting book donations?
We are unable to accept book donations at this time.

Holds: Why are my holds taking so long?
We are working to get items to you as quickly as possible. Hold times may be longer due to transport and quarantine procedures. All items received from other libraries for holds will be quarantined for 96 hours before being made available for pickup. This four-day quarantine conforms with results from the REALM study conducted by Battelle which studied the longevity of the COVID-19 virus on common library materials. Thank you for your patience.

Hours: Why are hours limited?
Our hours are temporarily adjusted in order to be able to provide service safely within staffing, budget, and safety constraints.

We’ve re-worked our staffing so that should a staff member test positive for COVID-19, we can avoid quarantining the entire staff and disrupting service to patrons. We also require more time to thoroughly clean and disinfect each day to keep everyone safe.

Sunday hours are currently cut due to cuts in Public Library Funding (PLF) from the state. The PLF provides the majority of SPL funding, and SPL has cut all staff hours by 10% and enacted a hiring freeze to help make up some of this deficit. Sunday hours will be restored once funding is restored.

Returns: When and where can I return my items?
You may return items during no-contact service hours. Please use the marked bins (Grove City) or outdoor bookdrops (Westland). Bookdrops are closed outside of service hours in order to make sure items do not overflow the return bins.

Returns: I returned my books. Why are they still on my account?
For safety, returned materials will be quarantined for at least 96 hours before being checked in, removed from a patron’s account, and made available to other patrons. SPL is fine-free, so patrons will not accrue overdue fines. This quarantine practice is in accordance with results from the REALM study conducted by Battelle which studied the longevity of the COVID-19 virus on common library materials.

Safety measures: What safety measures is the library taking to protect patrons’ health?
The safety and health of our patrons and staff remain our priority. SPL has implemented many measures including changing layouts and service practices to support social distancing and minimize contact, increasing sanitizing and disinfecting of high-contact areas, and following materials quarantine practices as recommended by results from the REALM study conducted by Battelle. Staff have been trained in proper sanitizing and disinfecting methods and are required to wear masks or face shields when working.

 

SPL invites you to join us for this special One Book – One Community read and virtual author talk to reflect together about race, history, injustice, and a better future.

  • The Read: November 9, 2020 – January 24, 2021. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds

  • Virtual Author Talk: January 24, 2021, 4 pm with author Jason Reynolds. Free event. Registration opens in early January.

  • Reserve a Copy: available in print, audio, and digital formats. Reserve through the catalog, in Overdrive or Libby apps, or by calling the library.

  • Resources: SPL will have resource kits available with materials for all ages to explore together to help facilitate conversations about race, racism, and equality.

  • Educator and Discussion Guides: Click for a free educator guide and a discussion guide from the publisher.

  • Hashtag: Share your photos, reflections, or resources with the social media hashtag #centralohioreads

LIBRARIES PARTNER ON ONE BOOK-ONE COMMUNITY INITIATIVE

SPL and partner libraries encourage discussion of race with community reading of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds

Southwest Public Libraries is pleased to have partnered with eight other central Ohio library systems to promote a community read of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds as part of a Let’s Talk About Race: One Book – One Community initiative that will conclude with a virtual author talk.

Let’s Talk About Race: One Book – One Community kicks off on Monday, November 9, 2020 and continues through Sunday, January 24, 2021 when SPL and partner libraries will host author Jason Reynolds in a free virtual discussion of the book at 4 pm.

Geared towards both teens (grades 7 and up) and adults, the initiative is designed to cultivate dialogue and better understanding about race and social justice through shared reading experience and discussion. During the 11-week program, each library will continue to work with local schools and other community partners to promote reading and discussion of the book.

Registration for the free virtual event with Jason Reynolds, which will include a moderated Q & A, will begin in early January. More details will be provided at a later date.

SPL and partner libraries have purchased hundreds of additional copies of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You as well as prepared various programs and resources to support this community read. The title is available in print, audio, and digital formats and can be reserved through the web catalog, on Overdrive or Libby, or by calling the library.

To help families begin conversations on race, racism, and equality, SPL will offer resource kits with materials for all ages that parents, children, teens, and young adults can explore together. Kits will include curated books, book lists for further reading, conversation guides, educational materials written by experts, as well as reader and book club guides for Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You.

Through this initiative, SPL hopes readers will find opportunity to come together, listen, learn, and join in common purpose to strengthen our community.


About the Book
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You is an amazingly timely and stunningly accessible manifesto by bestselling author Jason Reynolds. While written for young people, this non-fiction remix of Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi is a timely read for people of all ages and is packed with relevant information that is poised to help promote dialogue and bridge the differences that divide us.

About Jason Reynolds
Jason Reynolds is an American New York Times best-selling author who writes novels and poetry for young adult and middle-grade audiences. Born in Washington, DC and raised in neighboring Oxon Hill, Maryland, Reynolds found inspiration in rap to begin writing poetry at nine years old. He focused on poetry for approximately the next two decades, only reading a novel cover to cover for the first time at age 17 and publishing several poetry collections before he published his own first novel, When I Was The Greatest, in 2014.

Reynolds is a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, National Book Award Honoree, a Kirkus Award winner, a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. His many books include When I Was the Greatest, Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely), As Brave as You, For Every One, the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), Long Way Down, which received both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor, and Look Both Ways. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com.

About This Partnership
In addition to sharing resources, central Ohio libraries have a history of collaboration. A discussion that began in July 2020 of how to work together to increase community understanding and promote constructive dialogue on the topic of race in America resulted in this One Book – One Community program, which encourages friends, families and neighbors to share their personal experience while reading the same book. Participating libraries are: Bexley Public Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Grandview Heights Public Library, London Public Library, Plain City Public Library, Southwest Public Libraries, Upper Arlington Public Library, Westerville Public Library and Worthington Libraries.


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Your vote matters. Make your voice heard this election day. 

 

Below we’ve highlighted essential voting information as well as a few sources to help you become a better-informed voter. For comprehensive voting and election info visit your county's Board of Election website or the voteohio.gov website from the Ohio Secretary of State. 

 

 


Quick Links


Important Dates Election 2020

October 5: New voter registrations and registration updates are due by 9 p.m.

October 6: Early in-person voting begins and is available through 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2

October 31: Applications for absentee ballots must be received by Board of Elections by noon

November 2: Completed absentee ballots that are mailed must be postmarked by Monday Nov. 2 and received within 10 days of Nov. 3

November 3: Election Day. Polls are open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Completed absentee ballots can be dropped off at BOEs until 7:30 p.m.


Ways to Vote

You can vote safely and securely one of three ways: 

  • absentee by mail
  • early in-person voting
  • at the polls on election day 

Your Board of Elections and Ohio’s Secretary of State are working hard to ensure a safe and secure election. To help you vote safely and to protect the health of voters and poll workers, all Franklin County polling locations including the Early Vote Center will have personal protection equipment available including masks, gloves, plastic barriers, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, disposable styluses, and more. Read more at the Franklin County BOE website. 


Board of Elections (BOE) Contact Info

Franklin County BOE Mailing Address
(Voter registrations, absentee ballot request and completed absentee ballots can be mailed here.)

Franklin County Board of Elections
P.O. Box 182111
Columbus, OH 43218-2111

Franklin County BOE Address (Early Voting Center and  24/7 secure dropbox located here)
(Voter registrations, absentee ballot requests and completed absentee ballots can be dropped off in the dropbox 24/7 by appropriate deadlines.)

Franklin County Board of Elections
1700 Morse Rd
Columbus, Ohio 43229

Franklin County Board of Elections

  • Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Monday - Friday)
  • Telephone: (614) 525-3100
  • Absentee Department Telephone: (614) 525-3470
  • Fax: (614) 525-3489
  • E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Website: vote.franklincountyohio.gov

Directory of all county boards of elections. Click here


What’s Available at the Library

  • Voter registration and information update forms
  • Absentee ballot request forms (see “Absentee Voting” for more info)

Voter Registration

New voter registrations and registration updates are due by 9 p.m., October 5. Voter registration or information updates are available at the library. Have you moved or has your name changed? Don’t forget to update your registration!

Check your registration here 

Options to register or update:

  • Online: Register or update online here.
  • Mail in: Pick up a form at the library or print your own here. Fill out and mail to your county board of elections (See BOE contact info above)
  • Drop off: Pick up a form at the library or print your own here. Fill out and drop off at your county Board of Elections. Franklin County BOE dropbox available 24/7. (See BOE contact info above)

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting is a three step process:

  1. Request an application (pick up an application at the library, print your own from Franklin County BOE page or Ohio Secretary of State page, or call your county BOE)
  2. Fill out and turn in application (by mailing or dropping off at your county Board of Elections)
  3. Receive ballot by mail, mark selections, fill out ID envelope and return ballot by deadline.

Deadline for requesting an absentee ballot:

  • October 31 by noon. Applications for absentee ballots must be received by your Board of Elections by noon, October 31. Note: the applications must have physically reached your county BOE by noon as the BOE mails out ballots for the last time at noon. This is to ensure ballots can be completed and returned in time to be counted. 

Deadline for returning a completed absentee ballot:

  • Postmark by Monday Nov. 2, 2020 and received within 10 days of Nov. 3, 2020
  • Drop off at your Board of Elections by 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2020. 
    • Ballots can be dropped off in the secure dropbox of your county Board of Elections.

Track your ballot here.


Early In-Person Voting

Early in-person voting is available October 6-November 2. 

View the early voting schedule for Franklin County Board of Elections here

Franklin County Early Voting Center
1700 Morse Road
Columbus, OH 43229

Other county early voting centers

Voting schedule 


Election Day Voting, November 3

  • Polls are open for in-person voting 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
  • Bring a valid form of ID such as an unexpired photo ID, military ID, utility bill, bank statement, paycheck. Find more info on ID requirements here. 
  • Find your polling location here.

Informed Voter Resources

We encourage all voters to educate themselves on candidates and issues and to carefully evaluate sources of information.

Vote411.org: A "one-stop-shop" for election related information from the League of Women Voters Education Fund. Provides nonpartisan information with both general and state-specific information including many of the topics above as well as factual data on candidates and a preview of what is on your ballot.

Newsbank: Access local, regional, and national news including the Columbus Dispatch. Full-text news resource containing comprehensive coverage of current issues and events from the four major leading newspapers in Ohio & more.

Politifact: PolitiFact is a nonprofit, fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others on its Truth-O-Meter.

FactCheck: FactCheck is a nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.

Allsides: AllSides is a news website that presents multiple sources side by side in order to provide the full scope of news reporting. AllSides uses a patented bias rating system to classify news sources as left, center, or right leaning.

 

With continued monitoring of pandemic developments, careful planning, and many implemented changes, SPL will reopen buildings with limited access and modified services on October 5, 2020. Though library service will still be very different than when SPL doors were last open, we are excited for this next step. Services and access remain subject to change in response to current pandemic developments at all times. Please help us keep everyone safe and adhere to our new guidelines when visiting the library.

No-contact holds pickup by appointment will end after Saturday, October 3, replaced by self-service pickup anytime during open hours. You will no longer need to call to schedule a time to pick up holds.

The library is offering limited services and access as described below at this time.

Limited Reopening Services

In-person services available beginning October 5

  • Self-service holds pickup (replaces pickup by appointment; you will no longer need to call to schedule a time to pick up holds)
  • Limited browsing
  • Limited computer use by appointment
  • Print, Copy, Scan, Fax
  • Returns

Hours of Service

  • MON, TUE, FRI, & SAT: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • WED & THU: 12:00 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • SUN: Closed

Masks or face coverings that cover the mouth and nose are required while in the building for all visitors above age 2. The library will provide a mask if you do not have one.

Service Details

Self-Service Holds Pickup: Beginning October 5, you will be able to come in and pick up holds yourself anytime during open hours from the regular holds shelves. This replaces no-contact holds pickup by appointment.

Limited browsing: Patrons will be able to browse a limited, curated collection of materials as well as new books. Stacks (aisles) remain closed for browsing at this time. Staff will be available to assist with finding and retrieving titles from shelves.

Computers: Computers are available by appointment only and sessions are limited to one, 1-hour session per patron per day. Please call Grove City ext. 503 or Westland ext. 603 to schedule. Computer stations will be sanitized between users.

Print, Copy, Scan, Fax: Patrons will have access to copy, scan, and fax. Remote printing (sending items to print via your laptop or mobile device) will continue to be offered. Please be aware library computer access is by appointment only.

Returns: Returns will continue to be accepted during open hours.  Please use the marked bins or outdoor bookdrops. Bookdrops are closed outside of service hours to prevent overflow.

Grab & Go: We will continue to offer Book Bundles as well as Storytime Kits for checkout. Grab a surprise book bundle during open hours or fill out a form to have a bundle put together just for you. Storytime Kits can be reserved online or through Youth Services.

Programming: Programming will continue to be offered virtually or as take-home kits until gatherings are safe again.

*Patrons who are at high risk and unable to come into the library may contact the library for assistance.*

What to Expect

We’re excited to see you. To help us keep the library safe for everyone, when visiting we ask you to:

  • Wear a mask appropriately (covering your mouth and nose) when in the building
  • Keep visits short to help us maintain low occupancy while allowing all an opportunity to visit
  • Maintain appropriate social distance and follow signage and directional markings
  • Refrain from moving furniture and equipment

For the continued safety of patrons and staff, seating is limited and the following remain unavailable:

  • Meeting rooms, study rooms, quiet reading room
  • Notary service
  • Youth Services toys and interactive manipulatives

Checkout
We highly encourage self-checkout and bringing your card so that you can just scan the barcode without needing to touch the screen for manual entry. We have temporarily disabled the PIN requirement to help minimize contact. Hand sanitizer as well as access to soap and water will be readily available, and staff will be cleaning and sanitizing high-contact areas regularly.

Materials Quarantine
Returns will continue to be quarantined for at least 96 hours before being checked in, removed from a patron’s account, and made available to other patrons. SPL is fine-free, so patrons will not accrue overdue fines. This quarantine practice is in accordance with results from the REALM study conducted by Battelle which studied the longevity of the COVID-19 virus on common library materials.

FAQs

Access: When will access expand?
Safety remains our priority. SPL plans to expand service and access once the county’s health alert level drops to Yellow; a return to full “normal” services cannot be predicted and will be implemented cautiously according to pandemic developments.

Holds: Why are my holds taking so long?
We are working to get items to you as quickly as possible. Hold times may be increased due to transport and quarantine procedures. All items going out for holds will be quarantined for 96 hours before being made available for pickup. This four-day quarantine is in accordance with the REALM study conducted by Battelle which studied the longevity of the COVID-19 virus on common library materials.

Hours: Why are hours limited?
Our hours are temporarily adjusted in order to be able to provide service safely within staffing, budget, and safety constraints.

We’ve re-worked our staffing so that should a staff member test positive for COVID-19, we can avoid quarantining the entire staff and disrupting service to patrons. We also require more time to thoroughly clean and disinfect each day to keep everyone safe.

Sunday hours are currently cut due to cuts in Public Library Funding (PLF) from the state. The PLF provides the majority of SPL funding, and SPL has cut all staff hours by 10% and enacted a hiring freeze to help make up some of this deficit. Sunday hours will be restored once funding is restored.

Meeting Rooms/Study Rooms: Why are the meeting and study rooms closed?
Meeting rooms and study rooms are closed in order to support social distancing and reduce possible virus transmission. Additionally, meeting rooms are unavailable as they are being used long-term to quarantine returned items for at least 96 hours before they are made available to patrons. Study rooms are unavailable at this time as we are unable to fully disinfect each room after each use.

Programming: When will you have in-person programming again?
We will continue to offer all programming virtually or as take-home kits until gatherings are safe again.

Returns: When and where can I return my items?
Returns are accepted in the marked bins or in outdoor bookdrops during open hours. Bookdrops are closed outside of these hours in order to make sure items do not overflow the return bins.

Returns: I returned my books. Why are they still on my account?
For safety, returned materials will be quarantined for at least 96 hours before being checked in and removed from your account. SPL is fine free, so you will not accrue overdue fines. See ‘Materials Quarantine’ for more info.

Safety measures: What safety measures is the library taking to protect patrons’ health?

The safety and health of our patrons and staff remain our priority. SPL has implemented many measures including changing layouts and service practices to support social distancing and minimize contact, increasing sanitizing and disinfecting of high-contact areas, and following materials quarantine practices as recommended by results from the REALM study conducted by Battelle. Staff have been trained in proper sanitizing and disinfecting methods and are required to wear masks or face shields when working.

Seating: Where’s all the tables and seating?
To keep the library safe for everyone and support social distancing, we’ve temporarily limited or rearranged seating. Please do not move any equipment or furniture.

 

(Rev. 10/28)

Accessing digital audiobooks is about to get even easier!

SPL will be moving our digital audiobooks from RBdigital to the Libby/Overdrive apps as part of our OverDrive collection on September 16, 2020. After September 16, you will continue to be able to enjoy all the same great audiobooks you loved in the RBdigital app but now browse and borrow through Libby or Overdrive.

What does this mean for you?

  • If you have already been enjoying the Libby or Overdrive app, there will be no change, other than you may notice even more great titles available for you to borrow.

  • If you currently have an audio book checked out in the RBdigital app, it will be available in the app through the remainder of the lending period, so you can finish your title without disruption or risk of losing your place in the book. Current checkouts will not transfer to Libby/Overdrive.

  • Checkout history and wishlists will not transfer to Libby/Overdrive; however, you can export your Transaction History from the RBdigital websites by accessing My Account > Profiles and use the information to recreate lists in Libby using Tags.

Libby: Easy Set Up, Easy Use

SPL is proud to offer a wide selection of digital titles for you to access anytime, anywhere through Libby, the one-tap reading app.* All you need to get started is your library card number and PIN (personal identification number). Download the app from your app store and follow the steps on screen to get connected to our library in just minutes. If you need assistance, visit the Libby Help site or give us a call.

*Libby and OverDrive are two different apps made by Overdrive. Both offer the same library content. Which app you choose is user preference; we encourage patrons to try Libby if they are seeking the simplest user experience.

Want more eBooks? Access all of our eBook and eAudiobook resources here.

 

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Library Hours

Sun: Closed
Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat      10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed-Thur 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM

 

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Grove City Library

3959 Broadway
Grove City, OH 43123
(614)-875-6716

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Westland Area Library

4740 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43228
(614)-878-1301

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