About GHPL

The Grandview Heights Public Library (GHPL) is an award-winning, independent suburban library system known for progressive leadership and friendly, personalized service.

Library Journal has named GHPL one of America’s best public libraries for the past eight years.

GHPL is a founding member and Administering Library of the Central Library Consortium (CLC), a sharing of resources & expenses among 14 Central Ohio library systems founded in 1988.

Apply for a GHPL Card

GHPL card

  • Any resident of the State of Ohio may register for a card free of charge.
  • Apply online or in person in Circulation on the second level of the library.
  • Cards will only be issued in person.
    • Visit the library and show a form of identification to verify your address and Ohio residency. A state-issued photo ID or driver’s license with current address is best. If the address is not current, an official piece of mail (utility bill, lease, bank statement, etc.) is also acceptable.
    • For minors (anyone under 18 years old), applications must be filled out by a parent or guardian in person.
  • In most cases, you will receive your card at the library when you submit your application.
  • Each account has a 4-digit PIN (Personal Identification Number) which is assigned by the patron. If you have not entered a PIN in your registration form, the system will automatically assign the last four digits of your phone number.
    • Your PIN increases the security of your card and is private.
    • If you forget your PIN, select the “Forgot Your PIN?” feature at My Account. It will be emailed to the email address registered to your account.
    • Staff will not be able to access it, only reset it. If staff resets it, please choose another PIN for your protection the next time you log in to your account.
  • A GHPL card gives you access to 5 million+ items from the 14 Central Ohio member libraries of the Central Library Consortium (CLC).
    • GHPL cards can be used at most CLC member libraries.
    • Most items can be returned to any CLC member library.
    • Browse and reserve items at My Account.
    • Access E-books/Digtial Media on our website.
    • Use public computers in Reference on the second level of the library.

Borrower's Guide

Loan periods
Loan periods vary by the type of item. Most items automatically renew when due, up to the maximum number of renewals, unless requested by other patrons.

  • DVDs/Blu-ray – 7 days or  14 days
  • “Hot Picks” books – 7 days
  • Video games – 7 days
  • Magazines – 7 days
  • New adult books – 14 days
  • Compact discs & vinyl records – 14 days
  • Super 8 Slides & Negatives Scanner – 14 days
  • E-books/Digtial Media – vary
  • Preloaded ereaders – 28 days
  • Acoustic guitars – 28 days
  • Audiobooks – 28 days
  • All other items – 28 days

Loan limits

  • For the first 30 days, 10 items may be borrowed out at any one time.
  • After 30 days, if your card is in good standing (you have less than ten overdue items and owe less than $10), 100 items total may be borrowed at one time. Maximum limits on specific items:
    • Books – unlimited (up to 100 items total)
    • CDs – 40
    • DVDs/ Blu-ray – 20
    • Video games – 5
    • Vinyl records – 3
    • Preloaded e-readers – 1
  • We reserve the right to limit certain collection areas, if needed.

Renewing items
For your convenience, most items automatically renew when due, up to the maximum number of renewals, unless requested by other patrons. If your account is not already set up for email notices, select email notifications at My Account to receive them.

  • My Account.
  • Automated phone renewal: 877-77-BOOKS (877-772-6657)
  • Call Circulation at 614-486-2951 or Youth Services at 614-481-3778 during open hours.

Returning items
You may return items to GHPL or any CLC member library. Outdoor book drops are available. If they are full or jammed, do not force material into the slot or leave items outside on the ground; you will be responsible financially for left items that have been stolen. Contact the library regarding book drop issues.

Reserving items
Log in to My Account or visit the library for assistance. You can have up to 75 holds on your list at a time.

Suspended Holds
Holds may be suspended only if the status says “Requested”. Once an item status says “Shipped” or “Held”, it cannot be suspended. There are two ways to suspend your holds:

  • Log in to My Account. Select the “Requests” tab, and select the items you wish to suspend. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select “Suspend/Reactivate Selected”. In the “New Activation Date” box, enter the earliest date you want your hold to be reactivated.
  • Call Circulation Services (614) 486-2951 or Youth Services (614) 481-3778 and ask us to suspend your holds until a specific date.
  • NOTE: If the status says “Held” and you are unable to pick it up by the “held until” date, call the Library 614-486-2951. We can check the item out to you and put it back on the hold shelf.

Overdue items & fines

  •  Adult books and magazines – 20 cents/day
  • Large print books – 20 cents/day
  • Children’s print & audio – 10 cents/day
  • Audiobooks – 20 cents/day
  • CDs – 20 cents/day
  • Vinyl LPs – 20 cents/day
  • DVDs & Blu-rays – $1.25/day
  • Video games – $1.25/day
  • Preloaded e-readers – $3/day
  • Slide and negative scanners – $3/day
  • Acoustic guitars – $1.25/day
  • Fines $10 and over must be paid in full or partially paid before more items may be checked out.
  • You may have only 10 overdue items on your card at a time.
  • The maximum overdue fine on a returned overdue item, excluding preloaded e-readers, is $5. The maximum overdue fine on a preloaded e-reader is $50.
  • If you find and return a lost item you have already paid for within 60 days of payment, you will be refunded the replacement cost. However, the $5 processing fee is not refundable.
  • Pay fines online or at the library by Mastercard, Visa, Discover, American Express, check, or cash. Call Circulation 614-486-2951 with any questions.

Overdue policy for ages 60 & older

  • People ages 60 & older are exempt from overdue fines for all materials except movies, video games, and preloaded e-readers.
  • There will be a grace period of three days after the due date on movies & video games for ages 60 & older, if returned within the three-day grace period. On the fourth day, fines accrue for all dates after the original due date. (For example, if a movie is due on Monday, there is no fine for returning it on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. But, if it is returned on Friday, there is a $5 fine for being four days overdue.)

Avoiding overdue fines
The main way to avoid fines is to return your borrowed items on time. Most items automatically renew when due, up to the maximum number of renewals, unless requested by other patrons. Items returned to the library’s outdoor book drop before opening time the next day are not considered overdue and will not incur a late fine.

Collection agency used for outstanding materials & fines

  • The library uses a collection agency, Unique Management Services (UMS), to protect access to materials for all patrons and to maintain fiscal responsibility.
  • On accounts of $25 or more:
    • For lost, damaged, or long-overdue materials, the library sends two overdue notices and a third notice – a bill. If the account is not resolved within 30 days after sending the bill, the library will give the information to UMS and we will add a $10 fee towards the cost of UMS’s services.
    • The agency will then make several attempts by letter and by telephone to encourage patrons to return items to the library or pay all fines & fees.
    • Patrons are encouraged to return items and pay fines at the library, at any time during the process.

Lost/Replacement cards
Report a lost or stolen card immediately since you are financially responsible for all items checked out on your card, until they are checked in. Replacement cards can be purchased for a $2 fee.

Homebound Delivery
Do you know someone in the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff area who is homebound – even on a temporary basis, such as an illness – who would like to have library materials delivered to his or her home?

  • GHPL Volunteers deliver books, large print books, audiobooks, and some DVDs to area homebound residents on Thursday mornings.
  • The homebound patron may select titles, or have library staff choose for them.
  • For more information, contact Maryanne at 486-2951 or mjackson@ghpl.org

DVD/CD disc cleaning tips
If a Library disc severely damaged, contact Circulation at 614-486-2951 or let a staff person know when you visit the Library.

Central Library Consortium (CLC)

The Grandview Library is an independent suburban library system. However, it is part of the Central Library Consortium (CLC), a sharing of materials, resources, and expenses among 14 Central Ohio library systems. The CLC serves 1.4 million residents across six counties with more than 4.5 million items.

The Grandview Library is a founding CLC member and Administering Library. The CLC was founded in 1988, funded by an LSTA grant written in part by the Grandview Library, and was among the first in Ohio to institute daily delivery among the members to share materials and to do cooperative licensing of databases.

CLC member libraries:


On January 11, 1923, the Grandview Heights Board of Education approved a plan for the establishment of a public library in Grandview Heights. In June 1924, the Grandview Heights Public Library opened its doors in a room in the Grandview Heights High School.

After moving to four different rented sites on First Avenue, the Grandview Library moved to the present location, 1685 West First Avenue, in September, 1936. The building was built with WPA funds on land donated by George Cambridge Urlin, one of the founding fathers of Grandview Heights.

In addition to the High School branch, various branches have been added over the years: one in Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School in 1926, an Upper Arlington branch at Miller Park in 1942, and the Tremont Library in the 1950s. In the 1970s, the Upper Arlington Public Library became an independent system, which included the Miller Park branch and the Tremont Library.

The Grandview Library now has one building and does not include the libraries in the Grandview Schools. It is a founding member and Administering Library of the Central Library Consortium (CLC), a sharing of resources & expenses among 14 Central Ohio library systems founded in 1988.

Major renovations & projects

  • 1941: Reference Room Addition
  • 1952: Children’s Department Addition
  • 1973: General Remodeling and Expansion
  • 1977: Balcony Addition
  • 1980: Parking Lot Expansion
  • 1989: Large Addition and Remodeling
  • 1995: Youth Services Department Remodeling
  • 2008: Audiovisual Remodeling
  • 2009: Consolidation of Circulation and Audiovisual Departments
  • 2009: Parking Lot added across Oakland Avenue
  • 2010: Opened The Study Commons
  • 2011: Opened “The Basement” (area for 7-12 graders)
  • 2011: Interactive Area added in Youth Services
  • 2012: Story Time Area added in Youth Services
  • 2013: Provided a Drive-Up Book Drop
  • 2014: Free WiFi offered in Grandview parks
  • 2015: GHPL PopUp Library introduced


  • Ryan McDonnell, 2013-Present
  • Mary Ludlum, 2008-2013
  • Carol Pelz, 1985-2008
  • Carol Haenicke, 1984-85
  • Kathryn Hannon, 1967-84
  • William Bacon, 1960-67
  • Josephine Swinehart, 1928-60
  • Bonnie Elliot, 1927-28
  • Mildred Sandoe, 1924-27
  • Helen Kramer, 1924

GHPL PopUp Library

The Library introduced an electric-powered, mobile library in 2015, funded with private money by the GHPL Foundation.

GHPL’s PopUp Library is a low-speed, electric vehicle specially customized to transport and display library materials. Visitors can browse and check out a selection of materials, get a library card, and learn more about library resources and services from staff.

The PopUp Library will keep a regular schedule of visits throughout Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff, including: outreach, school visits, park and pool visits, and local special events like the Grandview Hop, Grandview Digfest, Tour De Grandview, Grandview Farmers Market, and the Memorial Day Parade.

The selection of popular materials for kids and adults changes according to the theme of each visit.

A GHPL staff team created the vehicle concept and worked to create a graphic design with Mike Dexter, a Grandview resident and GHPL volunteer who has designed logos for the City of Grandview Heights, The Grandview Area Chamber, The Lazy Daze of Summer Festival, and more.

GHPL PopUp Library video on Vine



Grandview Heights Public Library (GHPL)

  • 25,807: Active Users
  • 650,098: Annual Circulation
  • 32,968: Public Internet Annual Usage
  • 34,008: Annual Reference Transactions
  • 11,642: Average Weekly Visits
  • 592: Annual Library Events
  • 30,728: Annual Event Attendance

Central Library Consortium (CLC)
GHPL is a founding member and Administering Library of the CLC, a sharing of resources & expenses among 14 Central Ohio library systems founded in 1988.

  • 1.3 million: Card Holders in Central Ohio
  • 5 million: Total Items
  • 1 million: Unique Titles
  • 26 million: Annual Items Circulated
  • 2.1 million: Annual Item Requests

Ohio Library Council (OLC) 
From the OLC‘s The Return on Investment of Ohio’s Public Libraries, a comprehensive assessment of the value of Ohio public libraries to the state’s residents:

  • 1st in the nation: Library Transactions Per Capita (20.3; more than 2x the national average).
  • 1st in the nation: Library Visits Per Capita (7.5 average yearly visits per person; 51% above the national average).
  • 2nd in the nation: Registered Borrowers (77.7%; 55% above the national average).
  • $2.88: One of the lowest Costs Per Library Transaction (41st nationally; 68 cents below the national average cost).
  • $2.7 billion: Direct economic value of Ohio’s public libraries to Ohio residents in 2014.
  • $3.89 for every $1: Return on Investment (ROI) from Ohio’s public libraries.
  • $5.48 for every $1: Return on Investment (ROI) from Ohio’s public libraries, when economic multiplier effects are included.
  • 88%: Local tax requests by libraries approved by voters since 2010.

Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees 2008 - original

Back row: Eugene R. King; Deborah Sisinger; John E. Evans, Vice President; Dr. Edgar T. Shaudys.
Seated: Teri A. Williams, Secretary; Alphonse P. Cincione, President; Amy Day.

The Board holds its regularly scheduled, public meeting on the third Tuesday of the month at 6 pm in Conference Room A of the library.


Employment applications are available at all library desks or call us at 614-486-2954. Completed applications are kept on file for one year.

Employment Application (fillable PDF)

  • If you have Adobe (free) on your computer:
    • Download the Employment Application to your desktop.
    • Complete application and save it by clicking on the printer icon.
    • Under “Destination,” click on “Save as PDF.”
    • Attach PDF file to email.

Current openings

  • The Grandview Heights Public Library is seeking a friendly, hard-working individual for a Maintenance position. The position is responsible for the maintenance and safety of the library building and grounds; performs routine and preventative maintenance, minor repairs; and is a resource person for contractors. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of basic maintenance, troubleshooting, and problem diagnosis and repair tasks for electric, plumbing, safety and structural aspects of public facilities. Education: High School Diploma or GED. Position description, responsibilities, duties, and requirements. Submit a completed Employment Application (fillable PDF) with a resume and cover letter to kdela@ghpl.org. Applications submitted by end of day Wednesday, August 3, 2016, will receive first consideration.
  • The Grandview Heights Public Library is seeking a friendly, technology and customer service-oriented individual for a Reference Assistant position. Position responsibilities include: provide Reference service, aid in the access of print materials, and instruction in the navigation of library-supported digital services on various platforms. The ideal candidate will be comfortable working in a Microsoft Windows environment, possess strong technology skills, and customer service experience. Education: Bachelor’s degree preferred. Position description, responsibilities, duties, and requirements. Submit a completed Employment Application (fillable PDF) with a resume and cover letter to kdela@ghpl.org. Applications submitted by end of day Tuesday, August 16, 2016, will receive first consideration.
  • The Grandview Heights Public Library is seeking a dynamic and outgoing individual for a Youth Services Assistant position. The position is responsible for circulation, customer service and programming in the Youth Services Department. The ideal candidate will have experience working with children of all ages, excellent communication and technology skills, and be comfortable working in a busy environment. Education: Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Position description, responsibilities, duties and requirements. Submit a completed Employment Application (fillable PDF) with a resume and cover letter to kdela@ghpl.org. Applications submitted by end of day Tuesday, August 16, 2016, will receive first consideration.

Levy Information


  1. What is the Library levy issue on the November 8th ballot?
    The Grandview Heights Public Library is asking the community to renew a 5-year 2.5 mill operating levy, with a 2 mill increase. If approved, the levy would be effective January 1, 2017, and collections would begin in 2018. The current 2.5 mill levy will expire at the end of this year with collections ending in 2017.
  2. Why is this levy necessary? Why is there an increase?
    The current expiring levy provides approximately 25% of the Library’s operating revenue. The renewal of this levy is needed to maintain library services. This includes maintaining current hours, staffing, programs, and materials (books, music, movies, etc.). The increased millage is needed to cover necessary repairs to the Library building.  Many of the Library’s mechanical systems (Heating and Cooling, Fire Alarm, Electrical, and Roofs) are in need of repair or replacement. Many of the systems are at the end of or beyond their service life. A recently conducted Facilities Audit indicated that approximately $2.1M in capital expenditures will be needed over the next 5-6 years for necessary repairs and replacements to maintain the building. The last major building update was 28 years ago, in 1988. More than half of the building was here before then. The original part of the building was built in 1936.
  3. Why is a Renewal Levy with an Increase better for taxpayers than a Replacement Levy?
    Since the 1970s, Ohio law has provided residential property owners a 10% and a 2.5% reduction in property tax. This means the State of Ohio essentially paid a portion of homeowners’ taxes. In 2013, the Ohio General Assembly decided they would no longer provide this subsidy to residential property owners on “New” and “Replacement” levies. However, they would continue the discount for property owners on existing levies (and for the “Renewal” of existing levies). Doing a Renewal Levy with an Increase preserves the discount for homeowners on the Renewal portion of the levy instead of them having to pay the full tax on a Replacement Levy.
  4. Is the Library supported by more than one levy?
    Yes, the Library is supported by two levies:

    1. this five-year levy (originally approved in 1992 and last replaced in 2012)
    2. a 2.2 mill continuing levy (originally approved in 1986 and replaced in 2010)
  5. How much tax will I pay for this levy if it passes?
    If the levy passes, the owner of a home appraised for $100,000 will pay $11.73 per month for this levy ($5.83 per month more than now). You can find your current property value & taxes at www.franklincountyauditor.com.
  6. How much money will the Library receive from this operating levy?
    This levy will generate an estimated $1,350,000 per year for the Library.
  7. What happens if the operating levy does not pass?
    If the levy does not pass, the Library will lose approximately 25% of its revenue and will be forced to consider reducing hours, materials, and staff. Additionally, the Library will need to delay needed mechanical repairs and consider a new ballot issue in 2017.
  8. How have reductions in State funding affected the Library?
    Funding from the State was dramatically cut in 2009. State funding for the Library has been cut back to 1993 funding levels. The Library estimates it will receive 27% less money in 2016 from the State than it did in 2001.
  9. What does the Library do to save money?
    The Library is committed to building partnerships that improve service and reduce expenses. For example, the library is a founding member of the Central Library Consortium. This consortium shares library materials and resources while reducing operating expenses among 14 Central Ohio library systems. The consortium provides our community with access to more than 5 million items. The Library continues to gather support from business sponsors and local organizations. The Library has dramatically increased the use of volunteers in the last several years to help with operations and services. Additionally, many of the building repairs planned with this levy are expected to reduce energy and maintenance costs. The Library’s salary and benefit expenditures for 2015 were at the same level as in 2007. The Library has maintained a focus on providing excellent customer service without significantly increasing personnel costs.
  10. What does the Library do for the people of Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff?
    The Library provides the entire community with access to information, materials, programs, events, and services. The Library is an award-winning, independent suburban library system known for progressive leadership and friendly, personalized service. Library Journal has named the Grandview Heights Public Library as one of America’s best public libraries for the past eight years.
  11. What were the Library’s sources of revenue 2015?
Public Library Funding (State Revenue) $1,354,396 46.2%
Levies (local property tax) 2.5 mill & 2.2 mill $1,161,548 39.7%
Other Intergovernmental Revenue $187,802 6.4%
Patron Fines & Fees $52,554 1.8%
Gifts & Contributions $114,196 3.9%
Services Provided to Other Entities $51,807 1.8%
Interest $939 .03%
Miscellaneous $5,091 .2%
Total: $2,928,333 100%
  1. What were the Library’s expenses in 2015?
Salaries & Benefits $1,797,846 61.4%
Library Materials (books, music, movies, etc.) $359,382 12.3%
Contracted Services $315,969 10.8%
Supplies $39,592 1.4%
Capital Outlay (building improvement & equipment) $157,236 5.4%
Miscellaneous $5,285 8.5%
Transfer to Building Fund for Repairs $250,000 8.5%
Total: $2,925,310 100%
  1. What are some current statistics about the Library?
  • Active Users: 25,807
  • Annual Circulation: 650,098
  • Public Internet Annual Sessions: 32,968
  • Annual Reference Transactions: 34,008
  • Average Weekly Visits: 11,642
  • Annual Library Events or programs: 592
  • Annual Event Attendance: 30,728

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Library Policies

The GHPL Policy Handbook provides the rules, standards, and principles that guide the operation and the use of the library. The GHPL Board of Trustees creates, reviews, and revises policies, and implements them with the assistance of library staff.