Researcher’s Guide to Worthington Room at the Old Worthington Public Library

Most of the Worthington Libraries collection of historic information is in the Worthington Room on the lower floor of the Old Worthington Public Library. Search on the card catalog by keyword. Here is a guide for using this reference room in person.

To your left as you enter from the south is a coin operated microfilm reader (photocopies can be made in the main room near the reference desk) and metal cabinets of newspaper microfilms. (Prepare by using www.worthingtonmemory.org > shortcut > Worthington News Index)

The shelves on the west wall hold the primary collection of books about Worthington, Franklin County, City of Columbus, and Ohio history as well as genealogical resource books.

The left side of the north wall shelves the Worthington authors’ collection. The center features paintings by James W. Baker, famous calendar artist, of the four quadrants of the Village Green — a Sunday concert on the northwest, a man playing frisbee with his dog on the northeast, a wedding party at St. John’s entrance on the southeast, and people reading on benches on the southwest. Shelved on the right side are Columbus and Franklin County Directories for the past twenty years and in the files underneath Worthington City Council and Worthington School Board minutes.

On the east wall are metal cabinets containing vertical files alphabetically by topic. These are mostly secondary resources such as brochures and news clippings about many Worthington organizations.

In the glass cases on the north and east walls (and the top of the stairs from the first floor) are rotating exhibits by the Worthington Historical Society. See exhibits on this website for current features.

The metal map case in the computer room on the right side of the Worthington Room entrance has a table of contents notebook on the top. Useful historical maps include 1872 and 1910 maps for both Sharon Township (Worthington) and Perry Township (Linworth). There are also Franklin County Maps for 1842 and 1883.

If you have questions check with the librarian at the Reference Desk.