Southwest Public Library extends closure until at least May 4


Southwest Public Libraries (SPL) is extending closure of its two locations, Grove City Library and Westland Area Library, through at least May 4, in continued efforts to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.

With Governor DeWine’s extension of the stay-at-home order and projected analysis from experts that the pandemic has yet to peak, SPL’s extended closure is critical to help protect the health of the community.

“We want to do our part to fight the spread of the virus,” said Director Mark Shaw. “It’s important for the sake of our patrons, our staff, our community, and our healthcare workers. It’s a trying time for everyone, and we thank our patrons for their continued understanding and support.”

The book drops remain closed and locked during this period and patrons are asked to hold on to materials at this time. Hold and due dates have been readjusted and patrons should ignore any due notices they receive during this time. While the library is closed, nothing is due, no fees will accrue, and reserves will not be sent back.

SPL remains dedicated to serving the public during this closure via digital content. Patrons can access SPL’s digital library 24/7 at, featuring e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines, streaming music and movies, research databases, self-learning courses, and much more.

Ohio residents without a library card can register online to get a temporary barcode to access digital content.

Southwest Public Libraries serves southwest Franklin county and surrounding areas through its two branches, the Grove City Library and Westland Area Library. The library system provides access to millions of items through a consortium partnership with 17 central Ohio libraries and offers an array of services including public PCs, meeting rooms, and vibrant programs for all ages.

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