All Worthington Libraries locations will remain closed until further notice in response to Gov. Mike DeWine's extended closure of public schools through May 1, according to library officials.

The closure will last at least through May 1, according to a news release.

The move was made in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic that has brought sweeping changes statewide.

The Columbus Metropolitan Library also has extended the closure of all 23 of its branches through at least May 2.

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Worthington Libraries locations will close through April 5 because of coronavirus

All Worthington Libraries locations will close at 6 p.m. Friday, March 13, and will remain closed through at least April 5 in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to a library news release. 

"An emergency closure of this length is unprecedented in the library’s long history of serving the Worthington community," the release said. "The decision to close was made with great difficulty, but it is a necessary measure to help offset the spread of the novel coronavirus in our community and to keep both our patrons and staff healthy."

The release said patrons who have items checked out should keep them until the library reopens, and due dates will be adjusted accordingly.

The Columbus Metropolitan Library also announced March 13 it would close all 23 of its library locations effective at 6 p.m. through at least April 6.

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