Worthington Libraries patrons will not be able to place items on hold or access their electronic accounts between April 3 and 9.
During that time, three central Ohio library systems will be added to the Central Library Consortium, a network of library systems whose catalogs are shared with all members.
Joining the consortium will be the Bexley Public Library, London Public Library and Upper Arlington Public Library.
After they are on board, patrons will be able to access a total of 4.5 million books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs with their library cards.
For example, if Worthington Libraries doesn't have an item a patron wants but another CLC member library does, the item could be reserved and delivered to Worthington Libraries.
In order to add the three new libraries to the consortium, some temporary service changes will occur April 3-9.
Patrons still will be able to check out items, get a library card, access public computers and the library's e-resources and use the library's catalog to find materials, although item availability might not be accurate. Patrons should bring their cards or card numbers, though, because library staff members won't be able to look them up.
From 9 p.m. Thursday, April 3, through 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, patrons will not be able to place items on hold or access their personal account on worthingtonlibraries.org or Worthington Libraries' mobile app.
During this six-day period, due dates will be extended. All services will resume April 9.
The CLC includes Alexandria Public Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Fairfield Country District Library, Grandview Heights Public Library, Marysville Public Library, Pickaway Country District Library, Pickerington Public Library, Plain City Public Library, Southwest Public Libraries, Wagnalls Memorial Library and Worthington Libraries.