Working at a library was in Upper Arlington Public Library director Ann Moore's blood.

Working at a library was in Upper Arlington Public Library director Ann Moore's blood.

Her mother was a school librarian and head librarian in her hometown, and growing up, Moore did a lot of work for her.

"I did this kind of stuff for years, and she just didn't pay me for it," Moore said.

On May 31, after 33 years at the UA library, Moore will officially retire. Her successor, Chris Taylor, will begin June 1. He previously was the Columbus Metropolitan Libraries' chief operating officer

Moore said she has a mix of emotions. She said she is excited to have the time to pursue other interests but sad to be leaving the staff.

"I think the board has picked an excellent new director," she said. "This has always been a wonderful community to be a librarian in because they're so educated and they expect a lot of us."

Moore said the staff is the best she has worked with because of their willingness to try new ideas and listen to the community and their dedication to maintaining quality of services during recent budget challenges.

"We've found a way to make it work, and I'm extremely proud of them," she said.

Moore said she is also thankful for the support from the board of trustees and the community, including passage this year of a renewal levy.

Even though she's a Hilliard resident, Moore said she will still use the UA library as a patron

"I can't imagine using any library other than the Upper Arlington Library," she said. "It just doesn't seem right."

Moore has been director since 1998 but said it was never a goal to be one. At the time, she was director of tech services and appointed interim director when the previous director left suddenly.

"I really didn't seek it out," she said. "I liked the challenge of suddenly being in charge of the library and setting our goals."

Moore said she did not originally plan a library career. She had earned a master's degree in music from Ohio State University when she went to the Upper Arlington Library in 1979 for a book and was impressed by the facility.

When a part-time job became available, she took it.

"Thirty-three years later, here I am," Moore said.

When she began at the library, Moore said the library was just beginning the process of automation and online cataloging, one of the first in the country to do so.

"That was revolutionary," Moore said.

Moore said she also remembers when the library first got VHS tapes and in the '90s when the Internet emerged. At the time, some people were predicting the death of libraries because of the Internet, but Moore said she did not believe it for a second.

"(People) needed them even more," she said.

Moore said the library offers people space, whether physical or virtual, to grow, learn and explore.

"We're ranked highly nationally," Moore said. "I'm very proud of that because it means we are getting used heavily by the community and providing what it needs."

Moore said she is looking forward to playing piano in volunteer music programs, travelling and reading.

"I'm very thankful I've had the experience," she said.