Bexley Public Library patrons will soon have access to an additional 3.4 million items as the library joins the Central Library Consortium April 9.
Connecting with the CLC enables member library systems to share materials, resources and technology.
Offering cooperative lending with other libraries fulfills a pledge the library made during the 2013 fall levy campaign, said Library Director Rachel Rubin.
The Bexley Public Library, which will continue to operate as an independent library, currently offers about 350,000 items.
Joining the CLC will vastly expand patrons' access to print, audiovisual and online materials, Rubin said.
"With the flip of a switch, they'll have access to 3.8 million items," she said. "It's a really economical way to exponentially expand our collection."
In addition to offering expanded access to items, joining the CLC will allow the library to offer patrons text message notifications, a mobile-friendly catalog for use with smartphones and tablets, and the ability to pay fines online.
The library received a $33,000 grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services and will use donated funds from the estate of Marilyn K. Limbird to cover the costs of the migration to a new catalog and related updates to the circulation area.
Existing CLC members are: Alexandria Public Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Fairfield County District Library, Grandview Heights Public Library, Marysville Public Library, Pickaway County District Public Library, Pickerington Public Library, Plain City Public Library, Southwest Public Libraries, Upper Arlington Public Library, Wagnalls Memorial Library and Worthington Libraries.
More information about the Bexley Public Library joining the CLC is available on the library's website, bexleylibrary.org, and by calling 614-231-8741.