Worthington Libraries patrons now have access to a million more items.

Worthington Libraries patrons now have access to a million more items.

The library's online catalog has expanded to include the collections of eight libraries across six central Ohio counties, all members of the Central Library Consortium. The first day of the new catalog was May 22.

Worthington has shared resources with Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Southwest Public Libraries since 1994.

"With our three libraries, we were able to provide patrons with access to nearly 3 million items," said Chuck Gibson, director of Worthington Libraries. "Now, by joining the Central Library Consortium, we've made an additional 1 million unique items available and provided patrons with easy and seamless access to materials."

Besides Worthington, Columbus and Southwest, members of the consortium are Alexandria Public Library, Fairfield County District Library, Grandview Heights Public Library, Marysville Public Library, Picaway County District Public Library, Pickerington Public Library, Plain City Public Library and Wagnall Memorial Library.

Shared resources include books, audiobooks, DVDs and CDs. Worthington patrons could order items online and have them delivered to the location of their choice, including exterior lockers at Old Worthington and Northwest libraries.

The new catalog system also has new features, including the ability to track borrowed items, to save title lists on accounts and to receive notifications via text messages. Receipts also could be received by email or text message.

Patrons with questions about the new catalog and its features should call 614-807-2626 during regular library hours.