Did you know Worthington Libraries offers passport-processing services?
It's true: Staff members at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., can help with your passport needs, if you are a U.S. citizen who has never before had a passport or who is ineligible to renew.
Appointments typically are required for passport applications, but on Thursday, Nov. 14, Old Worthington Library staff will be available for walk-in hours. Drop in from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to apply for a passport and/or have a passport photo taken.This program is first-come, first-served.
Visit the library's website, worthingtonlibraries.org/visit/services/passport-applications, to see what documents, applications and other materials to bring. You'll even find a link to the U.S. Department of State's passport photo requirements.
Passport-associated fees vary and are listed on the library's website. Processing costs $35 per application and $10 per photo. Expedited service is available for $60, if a passport is needed in two to three weeks.
Are you unable to take advantage of walk-in hours on Nov. 14?
That's OK. Go to the library's website to make an appointment; weekday, evening and weekend options, up to 30 days in advance, are available. Next-day appointments might even be open. Please note: If more than one passport is needed, make separate appointments for each applicant.
If scheduling an appointment for someone under the age of 16, please know additional documentation is required – but all this information is included on the library's website, too. Both parents/guardians must authorize 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.
If upcoming travel is the reason for your passport, don't forget about the library's free language-learning resources, Mango Languages and Transparent Language. Either will have you saying gracias, danke or merci in no time.
Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.