February 21, 2018

Central Library Consortium expands to 17 Libraries Strong

Some library services to stop during early March upgrade

COLUMBUS—Three more libraries are joining the Central Library Consortium (CLC), giving Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) customers access to nearly 500,000 more items with their CML library card. Because of this, CML will need to stop some services beginning March 1 (see below for more details).

The Central Library Consortium is a network of library systems whose catalogs are accessible by all members. If, for example, one member library does not have an item a customer is looking for, that item can be placed on hold and delivered from another member library.

In March, Delaware County District Library, Granville Public Library and Pataskala Public Library will make their debuts in the CLC catalog, joining a consortium that includes the catalogs of 14 other central Ohio library systems:

  • Alexandria Public Library
  • Bexley Public Library
  • Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Fairfield County District Library
  • Grandview Heights Public Library
  • London Public Library
  • Marysville Public Library
  • Pickaway County Library
  • Pickerington Public Library
  • Plain City Public Library
  • Southwest Public Libraries
  • Upper Arlington Public Library
  • Wagnalls Memorial Library
  • Worthington Libraries

To make the change, CML will need to stop some services starting March 1.

Customers will still be able to:

  • Check out books, however CML staff will not be able to look up customer library card numbers
  • Search the catalog using CML’s Mobile App and columbuslibrary.org, however item availability may not be accurate
  • Use public computers and book meeting rooms with their library cards
  • Access eBooks, streaming movies, documentaries, music and other online research tools
  • Apply for a library card in person

But from 9 p.m. on March 1 through 9 a.m. on March 8:

  • CML staff will check out all items, as no self-checkout will be available
  • No items will be due
  • Customers will not be able to place items on hold
  • Customers will not be able to access their My Account online or check their account status by phone

The Central Library Consortium was formed in 1988 to provide integrated library services and facilitate other cooperative projects that yield excellent quality and value to its members. The CLC continues to experiment with new models of service and resources sharing in response to the needs of its members and to keep pace with the ever changing technology in the library environment. For more information, visit clcohio.org.

Additionally, CML is joining the SearchOhio library consortium. Beginning March 14, CML customers will have access to the SearchOhio catalog when searching for items through CML’s catalog.

SearchOhio makes over 16 million items available to participating libraries around Ohio. Its catalog allows direct, online requesting for residents of Ohio and delivery of books and other library media within a matter of days. SearchOhio is a partner with the OhioLINK system, which serves academic libraries. CML customers will also have access to OhioLINK through SearchOhio.

Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like Homework Help Centers, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Club and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college and career readiness and employment resources.

CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. CML was also named 2010 Library of the Year by Library Journal.