A new Worthington Libraries service can help you get where you want to go.
Whether you've booked a once-in-a-lifetime vacation overseas or are planning a long weekend north of the border, the library can help you with your passport needs because passport processing is available at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St. The service is open to U.S. citizens who have never before had a passport or who are ineligible to renew.
Appointments are required for passport applications and are available weekdays, evenings and weekends, up to 30 days in advance. Next-day appointments also may be available. If all you need is a passport photo, no appointment is necessary – just stop by Old Worthington Library during regular business hours.
The library's website has details. Go to worthingtonlibraries.org/visit/services/passports to book your appointments and see what documents, applications, etc., you'll need to bring.
If you need more than one passport, make separate appointments for each applicant. You'll even find a link to the U.S. Department of State's passport photo requirements.
If scheduling an appointment for someone younger than 16, please know that additional documentation is required. All this information is included on the library's website, too. Both parents and guardians must authorize the issuance of the passport, and the best way to do this is for both to attend the processing appointment. If this isn't possible, however, ask a library staff member for help.
Passport-associated fees vary and are listed on the library's website. Processing costs $25 per passport and $10 per photo. Expedited service is available for $60, if you need your passport in six weeks or less.
Once you receive your passport, if you decide you'd like to learn some key phrases before traveling, don't forget about the library's free language-learning resources, Powerspeak Languages and Mango Languages. Either will have you saying gracias, danke or merci in no time.
Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.