Holds ensure faster access to GHPL items


This year, three library systems—Columbus Metropolitan Library, Worthington Libraries, and Southwest Public Libraries—will combine resources with the Central Library Consortium (CLC), of which the Grandview Heights Public Library (GHPL) is a founding member and the Administering Library.

This partnership results in 11 library systems serving 1.4 million residents across six counties with nearly 1.2 million titles. This will double the number of titles all of these libraries currently offer.

How can GHPL patrons get faster access to GHPL items? Place holds! 

GHPL-owned materials go to GHPL patron requests before going to any other CLC library patron.

  • Your number in the hold queue (also the number you see when you access your account online) is based on all CLC patrons, but your place in the list doesn’t necessarily correlate with the time it will take to get your hold.
    • For instance, if you are the next GHPL patron on the hold list, but you are #12 in the entire hold queue, the next GHPL copy that becomes available will go to the first GHPL patron – you!  The next GHPL copy that becomes available will go to the next GHPL patron, even though that patron’s place in the complete hold queue might be #20.
  • The Grandview Library tries to offer multiple copies of items to fill GHPL patron holds. Once there are no more GHPL patron holds on a GHPL-owned title, that item is then released to fill holds at other CLC libraries.

Enjoy access to twice the materials thanks to more CLC library partners, but remember: Placing holds with your GHPL card ensures faster access to GHPL items!

Questions? Call Circulation at 614-486-2951 or access your account through our onlinecatalog.

1-on-1 e-reader help


Get help borrowing downloadable e-books from the Library!

Schedule a hands-on session with Reference Librarians Wendy Greenwood or Wendy Wise by calling 614-481-3776. (Sorry, weekend sessions are not available.)

The Library’s e-books can be used on desktops, laptops, and most mobile devices. Get a list of compatible devices.

Questions? Call Reference at 614-481-3776.

New book drop

Our new book drop is now located closer to the rear parking lot drive—so you no longer have to get out of your vehicle!
Please promptly return materials, since the one-way drive is the only way for vehicles to enter and leave the parking lot.
We hope you enjoy this new convenience!
Don’t forget: Some items (vinyl records, some oversize books) cannot be returned in the book drop. 

Tri-Village Lions donate iPad Mini

The Tri-Village Noon Lions Club has donated an Apple iPad Mini to the Grandview Library to help the visually-impaired have access to e-books!

The Lions (whose traditional philanthropy is providing funding to vision causes) has also arranged training for Library staff on the visual-accessibility features unique to this Apple mini tablet computer. Plus, training materials in print and in Braille will be available for staff to give to visually-impaired patrons who require them.

Other e-readers (such as Barnes & Noble Nooks, Amazon Kindles and Sony eReaders) do not have navigation features that allow visually-impaired patrons to hear commands; the user must be able to see to navigate those e-devices.

Blind or otherwise visually-impaired Grandview Library patrons will have improved literacy opportunities by having access to an iPad Mini, thanks to this generous gift from the Tri-Village Noon Lions Club.

Thanks to the Lions for this gift and many previous gifts made to the Grandview Library, with special thanks to Lions Club member Jane Jarrow and help with training from The Ohio State University’s Director of Assistive Technology Nolan Crabb.

Learn more about giving to the Library.

Pictured (L-R): Tri-Village Noon Lions Club President Bill Stevenson presents a check to Library Assistant Director Rebecca Felkner and Libary Director Mary Ludlum.

Library seeks Director

The Grandview Heights Public Library is seeking a Director.

After more than 30 years at the Library (including the past five years as Director), Mary Ludlum will retire at the end of August 2013.

The search for the next Director has begun; deadline for applications is March 15, 2013.

150+ full magazines free online


Download or view full digital copies of more than 150 popular magazines for free with Zinio, the newest service in our Digital Library.

Get the exact same material you get in print. Some issues even include video, audio, and links! Magazine issues are not checked out, so they’re always available any time.

All you need is your Grandview Library card and an email address (to create an account on Zinio).

  • Get step-by-step instructions (PDF), follow this a user guide with screenshots, or view an instructional video.
  • View the magazine list (PDF).
  • Get free mobile apps for Android, iPhone/iPad, Blackberry Playbook. (View only; you must check out magazine through a browser before viewing on an app.) Kindle Fire special instructions.
  • TIP: If you want to select additional magazines after you have made a selection, click on the tab that says “Return to Library Collection”. This will take you to the Library’s collection of magazines.
  • ZINIO IS ALWAYS FREE THROUGH THE GRANDVIEW LIBRARY. If you see a cost associated with a title you have selected, you have landed on the Zinio company’s main page, instead of going through the Grandview Library’s link to the Zinio magazine site, which is: www.rbdigital.com/clcoh/zinio. You do not need to buy!
  • Zinio online magazine titles do not necessarily reflect magazine titles offered in Reference on the second floor of the Library.
  • Questions? Call Reference at 614-481-3776.

Thanks to our Checkout Champions

December 2012 was the final month for Checkout Champion, where patrons won free Donatos pizza checking out the most Grandview Library items.

Congratulations to each month’s winners, and thank you all for making Checkout Champion a huge success.

Special thanks goes to Donatos for the terrific prizes!

Here are the December winners:

  • In the Kids category, Nicole Clayton wins a large, single-item Donatos pizza and a $10 Donatos gift card. Nicole checked out 174 items in December.
  • In the Adult category, Karin Pierson wins a medium signature Donatos pizza and a $5 Donatos gift card. Karin checked out 199 items in December.

Picture books shelved by themes


New picture book themes mean easier browsing for everyone!

Youth Services has just completed a massive overhaul of the picture book section.

Half of the picture books are now shelved according to popular themes, such as:

  • Dinosaurs
  • Things That Go
  • Diversity
  • Royal Reads
  • Seasons

With 35 themes all together, kids, caregivers, and teachers can be sure to find everything they need and more.

The staff members in Youth Services are eager to show you around the new areas, so stop in and take a stack home today!

Listen to our Youth Services manager talk about these cool new changes in this mini-podcast!”