Questions? Contact a librarian with general comments and questions. Or contact the library by phone at 614-873-4912.
Circulation Desk, ext. 121
Malinda Millington, Circulation Manager, ext. 126
Reference, ext. 130
Hilary Harlan, Adult Services Librarian
Youth Services, ext. 131
Amanda Warner, Public Services Librarian
Director’s Office, ext. 123
Chris Long, Library Director
Public Meeting Rooms
The library’s meeting rooms are currently unavailable to the public.
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All you need to get your own Plain City Public Library Card is a photo I.D. (driver’s license or state I.D.) with your current address OR a photo I.D. and 2 pieces of mail that contain your name and current address. Please remember that your current address MUST appear on your identification. Parents are REQUIRED to sign for their minor children.
Children under the age of 18 WILL be allowed to borrow Videos/DVDs rated G, PG, PG-13, and non-rated material unless their parent signs an “Only Children’s Video Form.” This form limits children to items located in the children’s collection. Please read our entire video and DVD policy.
Parents may also limit their minor children’s access to the Internet on their child’s library card application.
Please contact the Circulation Department for our complete policy.
Student Library Card Application (for K-12 students)
New Feature DVDs – 3 days
Feature, Instructional, and Juvenile DVDs – 7 days
Magazines – 7 days
Circulating Reference – 7 days
Video Games – 7 days
Books on CD – 14 days
New Release Books – 14 days
All Other Materials – 28 days
Yes, you can be automatically placed on hold when your favorite authors publish a new book.
To sign up for this program, visit authors.clcohio.org, log in with your library card number and pin, and choose the authors for whom you would like to be placed on hold.
If you don’t see your favorite author, contact us, and we will add your favorite author to the list. Please contact circulation with any questions about this program.
Photocopies / Black and White Printer Copies – $ .10/each
Color Printer Copies – $ .25/each
Library Card Replacement – $ 1.00/each
Barcode Replacement – $ 1.00/each
Lost Materials – Full Purchase Price
Fax – Send and Receive – $ .25/sheet
3D Printer Filament – $.06/gram
The beautiful Library facility that serves our community is the result not only of the planning and dedication of the Board of Trustees, but of the generosity of many people, through bequests and gifts.
The story of the library starts over sixty years ago. In 1944, the Plain City Book Club sponsored a new library to be located in Plain City and to function as a branch of the Marysville Public Library. Book Club members worked tirelessly to make the new library a success and support the Library to this day with a yearly book donation. The Library was originally located on the northeast corner of E. Main and N. Chillicothe Streets and moved to the Anderson Building at 245 West Main Street in July of 1962.
In 1971, the library received a bequest from the late Richard M. (Jack) Watson. Because of Mr. Watson’s generosity and the wise investments made by the Trustees, a 5400 square foot facility was built and when completed in December of 1981, was debt-free. A 1995 bequest from Dorothy Grace Tagert in memory of her mother became the foundation for the new children’s wing, meeting rooms and kitchenette which were added in 1996. The 4200 square foot addition was completed without asking taxpayers for additional money.
The Friends of the Library purchased furnishings for the new reading alcove as well as a refrigerator and microwave for the new kitchenette. Family and friends of the late Edwin McCabe generously donated time, effort and money to the creation of the McCabe Reading Garden.
A podium and reference desk were provided by donations in memory of Frank Thomas who served as Library Trustee for many years. In 1995 the Library was awarded a matching funds grant from the State Library and used those funds to offset the costs of automation.
In 2006, some much needed interior updates were made possible through the generosity of the Ernestine Eversole estate, the Jane Taylor estate, the Plain City Lion’s Club, the Della Selsor trust, the Plain City Historical Society, Jonathan Alder High School art student volunteers, the Friends of the Plain City Public Library, and numerous library patrons who made monetary and material contributions to help enrich their library.
The Plain City Public Library is governed by a seven member Board of Trustees appointed by the Jonathan Alder Board of Education. These Trustees have responsibility for managing library funds and setting the policies for the operation and management of the library. Monthly meeting agendas and minutes are available upon request.
The Plain City Public Library’s Board of Trustees meet the third Monday of each month at 6:30 PM in the library meeting room.
Current trustees are:
Amy Pawlowski, President
Amy Gribbell, Vice President
Rosemary Anderson, Secretary
Friends of the Plain City Public Library is a membership volunteer organization committed to focusing public attention on the importance of libraries. Friends of the Library lend their voices in support of the library and raise money for library projects, activities and resources through special events and book sales. It’s a great way to get involved in your community!
Visit our Get Involved page for more information about joining the Friends of the Library.
Use these helpful links to find all the local online information you need!
Be sure to visit the Pictorial History of Plain City Collection, housed at the Plain City Public Library. This collection is a culmination of the hard work of many local residents. We would like to thank Joe Hofbauer, who provided the photographic reproductions, and Donna Dunmire, who wrote the historical narrative that accompanies the photographs. We also extend our appreciation to the countless area residents who graciously loaned their personal photos to be used in this project. For more information on this unique collection please contact the library at 614-873-4912, ext. 130.
Visit the Plain City Public Library Digital History Collection to search Jonathan Alder High School and Plain City High School Yearbooks. This database is currently under development.