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Library partners with public libraries

New pacts bring books and expanded borrowing privileges with Columbus Metro and Delaware County libraries.

photoThe Columbus State Library has been “making noise” in the community lately, forging partnerships with the Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Delaware County District Library.

As part of the Columbus library partnership, it’s now possible to obtain a Columbus Metro library card without leaving campus. Librarians at the Columbus State Library can accept applications and issue a card (although the card typically takes 24 hours to process).

A Columbus Metro library card opens up a world of new options for Columbus State students, says Library Director Bruce Massis. For example, students can tap databases at Columbus Metro such as the Columbus Dispatch archives, or Early Childhood students can reserve children’s books the college library doesn’t carry.

The libraries are looking to expand their partnership in the coming months and years, Massis says. With the Delaware County partnership, students can now check out county library books at Columbus State’s Delaware Campus. The local library is stocking a shelf of more than 1,000 popular fiction and nonfiction books for students to browse.

Librarians at the Delaware Campus can also issue cards and reserve books, Massis says.

Columbus State has also placed informational kiosks at the Orange and Main branches of the Delaware County District Library. The kiosks give basic information about Columbus State. The college hopes to expand that partnership in the future.

Partnerships with local libraries are another way Columbus State commits to fostering lifelong learning throughout its service area, Massis says.