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Patrons can sign up for a library card at either branch by completing an application available at both branches.
Adults, patrons age 18 and over, and emancipated minors must present valid photo identification with the current, correct mailing address when applying for a card. If the photo ID does not have the current mailing address, the patron may present a utility bill, bank mailing, or other business mail as proof of address.
Additionally, patrons can apply for a card online by clicking this link. Upon completion of approval process, a card is mailed to patron who can then bring it to either SPL location to validate by presenting the library card and a photo ID to verify identity.
A patron under age 18 may register for a full-access library card or a CaT (Children and Teen) Card.
A full-access card requires the signature of a parent or guardian on the registration form, and the parent or guardian must present the required identification as outlined above; the signature will satisfy the requirement for identification for the patron under age 18.
A CaT Card is a fine-free library card that provides limited access to library materials and requires only patron name, school of attendance, and birthdate, if known. No parent signature is required for the CaT card.       
Full-Access cards have the following limits:
  • Books, magazines and other print materials – 50 items
  • Audio books and music CDs – 30 items
  • DVDs and videos – 10 items
  • Electronic materials’ borrowing limits are determined by the vendor.
 Children and Teen (CaT) Cards have the following limits:
  • Juvenile and Teen books and audiobooks – 5 items
  • Electronic materials’ borrowing limits are determined by the vendor
At the initial reception of a new full-access library card, the patron applying is limited to 10 items checked out at any given time for a period of one month.
If fines of over $10 are accrued or overdue materials in excess of 21 days past due remain checked-out, a patron will lose borrowing privileges until the issue is resolved. Blocks on an account that have to do with a bad address report, a security incident, or a lost card will prevent use of card until the issue is resolved.
Borrowing periods are subject to change based on the library’s agreement with the Central Library Consortium (CLC):
  • Books (print and audio) – 21 days
  • Magazines – 7 days
  • Music CDs – 14 days
  • DVDs and Videos – 7 or 14 days
  • Electronic materials’ borrowing periods are determined by the vendor.
Fines and fees may be waived or modified in certain circumstances based on the judgement and discretion of the staff:
  • Adults: 20 cents per day per item for all print, audio and video materials
  • Children: 10 cents per day per item all print, audio and video materials
  • Interlibrary Loan: $1 per day per item
No. Any item checked out at a Southwest Public Libraries location may be returned to either Southwest Public Library location as well as any member library of the Central Library Consortium (CLC).
For a full list of member libraries, click here.
Any SPL item can be renewed up to 10 times, provided no other patron has placed a hold on it. SPL will automatically renew items that can be renewed. Items from other libraries might have fewer renewals.
Yes, you can call the Grove City Circulation Department at 614-875-6716 ext. 501 or the Westland Area Library Circulation Department at 614-878-1301 ext. 601.
Yes, items can be renewed online using the "My Account" feature of the library's catalog. To renew items online, you will need your library card number and PIN. To access "My Account", click on the "My Account" icon on the SPL homepage.
This is your Personal Identification Number to with your card. It will typically be the last four digits of your telephone number unless you choose a different number. The PIN increases the security of your library card.
Patrons may place holds on most materials found in the library catalog. The library shares a catalog with other CLC members. There is no charge for borrowing materials from other member libraries, and patrons may initiate their own requests through the library catalog or website or ask for staff to help request materials from consortium member libraries.

A patron may have up to 35 (five DVD and 30 other items) outstanding holds on his or her record at one time.

To place a reserve for a single item in the online catalog, click on the "Place Request" button. This link can be found on the right side of the screen beneath the “Where Is It?” and “Full Display” icons. Follow the on-screen instructions, entering your library card number, PIN and selecting a pick-up location. Click on "Continue" to place your reserve.
You will be notified by phone or email when the item is available.
Library fines can be paid at either SPL location by cash, check or credit or debit card. You can also pay them online with Visa or MasterCard through our website at www.swpl.org by clicking on "My Account," entering your library card number and PIN and selecting "Pay your fines/fees online."

Fines can also be paid over the phone with a credit or debit card by calling 614-875-6716 ext. 501 (Grove City) or 614-878-1301 ext. 601 (Westland) and speaking with a library staff member.

Payments by check can be mailed to the library at this address:
Southwest Public Libraries
Attn: Circulation
3359 Park Street
Grove City, OH 43123
Please include the library card number on the check.

Patrons can also participate in the Read Off Fines program. Click here for more information.
You can check your account online and by phone.
Call 614-875-6716 ext. 501 (Grove City) or 614-878-1301 ext. 601 (Westland) with your library card number handy and receive your account information including due dates, overdue fines and the status of reserved items.
To check your account online, from the homepage click on the "My Account" link. You will be prompted for your library card number and PIN.
If you change your address, please contact the library in person or by phone at 614-875-6716 ext. 501 (Grove City) or 614-878-1301 ext. 601.
Notify the library as soon as possible. Speak with a staff member or call 614-875-6716 ext. 501 (Grove City) or 614-878-1301 ext. 601 (Westland). You are responsible for all items checked out on your library card prior to the report.
If a library material is lost, damaged or stolen, the responsibility lies with the patron owning the library card on which it was borrowed.
A cardholder who has been deemed a repeat offender of damaged items could incur a suspension of library privileges.
For an item that is no longer in circulating condition, the entire cost of the item will be charged to the account, along with any fines accrued while the item remains checked out on said card. In the case of an item having parts that are able to be replaced (i.e. audio books that are available for purchase as single disc replacements), a smaller fee will be assigned - $8 per disc on replacement of an audio book.
Acceptable forms of payment for library materials are cash, check, credit or debit card or money orders.

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