Departmental Profiles

Community Relations: About Us

Community Relations: (614) 486-9621
Manager: Christine Minx


The Community Relations Department ( CR) functions as the public communications, marketing and community engagement office of the Upper Arlington Library. It is staffed with a team of highly skilled professionals: a department manager, a communications specialist, a graphics design coordinator, and a library assistant. The department publishes Library Link, the quarterly program and information guide, designs & produces all marketing and promotional material, manages the online meeting room requests, engages in community outreach and partnership collaborations, and coordinates the volunteer recruitment program.

How you can get in touch with us

  • For general information and media inquiries, contact Christine Minx ( cminx@ualibrary.org).
  • For assistance with online room reservations, contact Jan Mell ( jmell@ualibrary.org).
  • For questions on the Main Library's adult programs, volunteer opportunities and community partnerships, contact Jennifer Faure ( jfaure@ualibrary.org).

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Miller Park Branch: About Us

Location

Upper Arlington Public Library - Miller Park Branch
1901 Arlington Ave
Upper Arlington, OH 43212
Phone: (614) 488-5710

Publication: 

Miller Park Branch: (614) 488-5710
Manager: Kate Albers


Located at the edge of Miller Park on the roundabout, the Miller Park Branch is a full service branch of the Upper Arlington Public Library System.

Although we are the smallest of the three locations, we provide all types of items in various formats for all ages. These include:

  • Children’s collection
  • Large print books
  • A selection of Fiction and Non-Fiction items for adults
  • Audiobooks on compact disc, and playaway format
  • DVD collection consisting of nonfiction, fiction, and TV series

Our staff can help you find the next book to read or movie to watch.   As with our other two locations, all Upper Arlington Public Library materials can be picked up or returned at this location.

Equipment offered for patron use:

  • Laptops for use within the library
  • Color copier
  • Color printer

Additionally, we offer many fun programs throughout the year.  These include concerts, storytimes, holiday programming and much more.  Please check the calendar for these great events.

Lane Road Branch: About Us

Location

Upper Arlington Public Library - Lane Rd Branch
1945 Lane Road
Upper Arlington, OH 43220
Phone: (614) 459-0273

Publication: 

Lane Road Branch: (614) 459-0273
Manager: Pam Cole


The Lane Road Branch offers a wide array of circulating materials, in a variety of formats, to meet the needs and interests of library users of all ages. Browse the latest mystery, fiction, and nonfiction titles in print or audio book format.  Take home the hottest new movie or best-selling novel from our 2Go collection.  An outstanding selection of music CDs, DVDs, young adult and children’s books, current magazines, and popular newspapers ensures you will find something to please every member of the family.   Our busy youth department offers storytimes, children’s craft programs, puzzles, and a toy train. We also provide wi-fi, internet access computers, and a community meeting room.  Nearby Thompson Park has a fitness trail, tennis courts, playground area, and softball fields.

Our collection Includes:

  • Adult, Teen, and Children’s Books
  • Large print books
  • Graphic Novels
  • Audiobooks on compact disc or Playaway
  • DVD and BluRay
  • Music CDs
  • Magazines and Newspapers
  • 2Go Books and Movies

Our services and programs include:

  • Readers’ Advisory Service
  • Meeting Room
  • Interlibrary Loan and MORE service
  • Wi-fi and Public Internet Terminals
  • Adult Book Discussion Groups
  • Storytimes and Craft Programs for Children
  • Teacher Collections
  • One-to-One basic help sessions for library computers or eBooks
  • BW & Color Printer and Copier
  • ESOL Conversation Groups

Youth Services: About Us

Youth Services: (614) 486-9621
Manager: Dena Little


The Youth Services Department is committed to educating children, teachers and parents in our community.  We offer a wide range of services from storytime classes to teen book discussion groups. Our staff is eager to help children, teens, and adults find the right information for their homework and to help you find the perfect book.

Serving Preschoolers

We support parents’ role as their child’s first teachers and encourage a rich literary life right from the start!

  • Regular Storytime Classes: We teach early literacy skills through our regular storytime classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Caregivers learn how to build their child's vocabulary guide letter recognition, teach their children the sounds of letters, and explain how books work!
  • Special programs: Special events support social development and family time. We host sock hops, craft programs, costumed character visits, holiday celebrations and other events throughout the year.
  • Developmental toys/activities: Toys for use in our department help to foster early literacy skills by encouraging children to create their own stories through play, to develop tracking skills with beads and puzzles, to fine-tune motor skills through writing and coloring, and to foster social skills through sharing and interacting.
  • Books and Technology: Book-Bundles make check-out a breeze for busy parents.  We have a great selection of board books and pop-up books and provide an opportunity to use technology with our educational game computers and through access to Tumblebooks and Bookflix at home.
  • Summer Reading Club: Read together and earn prizes for completing early literacy activities.

Serving Students

We help students grow as learners by supporting their interests and their educational needs.

  • Reading Recommendations: Booklists, personal consultations, goodreads.com
  • Classes and events: Literature-rich experiences including LegoLit, Book Buddies, Reading with Rover, Author visits/skype, and book clubs.
  • Research assistance: Our staff helps locate materials for both formal and informal information needs.
  • Books: Explore fiction, information books, foreign language materials, audio books, reading recovery, and electronic books for Kindle, Nook and other ereaders.
  • Technology: Internet access, iPad projects and Nintendo DS for in-house use.
  • Summer Reading Club: Celebrate summer by reading what you want to read (and getting prizes!)

Serving Teens

We guide teens to information and materials that support their interests and needs.

  • Best-sellers: Multiple copies of best-sellers and required reading for school.
  • Reading Recommendations: Booklists and personal consultations
  • Blog: Local teens review books, movies, television, music and events.
  • Online materials: Test prep with LearningExpress Library, Opposing Viewpoints, and access to magazines, newspapers and other primary sources.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Many middle school and high school students volunteer with us, serve as interns or complete their High School Capstone projects at UAPL.
  • Programming: Special events and self-directed activities for grades 6-12.
  • Summer Reading Club: Celebrate summer by reading what you want (and get a chance to win some great gift cards!)

Serving Parents

Families will find a welcoming place to explore their interests and find a wealth of materials and opportunities for learning.

  • BookBundles — We make selection a breeze with thematic bundles of books for quick check-out.
  • Parent-child book discussions — Spend special time together by reading the same book and attending one of our monthly discussions.
  • Parenting resources/bibliotherapy — Special collections to read together with children on topics like bullying, death, divorce, health, or toilet training.
  • Spectrum Storytime — A class for children under the age of 10 (with a developmental age of 3-5) that are on the autism spectrum or have other sensory integration needs.

Serving Teachers

We enjoy helping teachers locate materials to support their work in the classroom!

  • Teacher collections — Call ahead for a collection of up to 30 books on your topic(s) of choice.
  • Discovery Kits and Curriculum unit in a box — filled with books, music, and extension activities.
  • Discussion Bags/guides — 10 copies of a book and a discussion guide for classroom or small group use.
  • Teacher cards — Check out materials for six weeks and pay no fines for overdue materials.
  • Educational Resources section — Books to help with lesson planning and extensions.
  • Classroom visits — Enhance your lessons with booktalks, storytelling, and/or technology instruction.

Media Services: About Us

Media Services: (614) 486-9621
Manager: Shahin Shoar


The Media Services Department is one of the library’s most popular areas. A wide variety of DVDs, CDs, and magazines ensures that there is something for everyone.
Our DVD collection ranges from the latest blockbusters to Academy Award winning classics. We also feature complete seasons of popular television shows, music concerts, documentaries, and foreign language films from around the world.

Downloadable Media

The Upper Arlington Public Library offers electronic content available for download by using a valid library card.  
There are thousands of book titles available in audio, EPUB and Kindle formats on our Digital Download site.  In addition a limited number of music and movie titles are also available through this site.  

UAPL also offers free music for download through Freegal. Freegal provides access to the complete catalog of Sony music and our patrons can download two songs per week with their library card.

DVDs

We offer an extensive collection of DVDs in different categories and genres. We have over 25,000 DVDs in our collection, including feature films, TV shows and documentary titles for all ages. A growing collection of over 1500 DVDs in Blu-Ray format is also available to our patrons.

CDs

This collection contains 15,000 compact discs. You can enjoy your favorite artist and/or music in a variety of genres including Classical, Jazz, Rock, International, New age, Soundtracks, holiday music and many more.

Magazines & Books

A variety of magazines covering music, film, television and video are available for loan.
Media Reference books cover similar subjects, with an emphasis on reviews, mediagraphies and history.

Gadget Gallery

In order for our patrons to examine and work with different eReaders and tablets, to help them decide which device suits their need better, we offer a permanent display of several eReaders & Tablets in Media department.

 Other

We are pleased to offer our patrons additional materials and services, including:

  • One-to-One, by appointment, eBooks and basic computer instruction sessions
  • Computers, including two Mac computers with scanners
  • B/W & Color Printer
  • Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office, Resume writing software
  • Language instruction CDs & DVDs
  • Preloaded, circulating eReaders
  • A typewriter

Adult Services: About Us

Adult Services: (614) 486-9621
Manager: Vita Marinello


The Adult Services Department provides a broad collection of circulating materials in order to meet the needs and interests of adult library users. Browse the latest mystery, fiction, and non-fiction titles in print or audio book format.
Our knowledgeable staff is always eager to help you discover new authors, new cookbooks, or just the right mystery for reading at the beach!
All items in our collection are easily searched using our online library catalog.

 Books

Our collection of fiction and nonfiction books also includes:

  • Large print books
  • Graphic Novel collection
  • Books in foreign languages, including Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Russian
  • Audiobooks on compact disc, and playaway format
  • Book bags for book club activities
  • Newest exam study guides & test prep books

Readers’ Services

We also offer services to connect our patrons to the right books:

  • Readers’ advisory service
  • Selective lists, in print and electronic, of suggested book titles
  • Our Reader Zone will help you find bestseller lists, book discussion guides, reviews, and literary criticisms
  • Book request service
  • Interlibrary Loan and MORE service
  • Outreach services, including delivery to the homebound

 Programs

We present programs on a variety of topics, including literature, crafts, music, art, history and host regular book discussion sessions.

Recommended Internet Sites

Browse recommended Internet sites in our Reference Databases “ Arts, Literature, and Entertainment” for links to book discussions, reviews, and bestseller lists. 

Outreach Services

We offer free delivery of library materials to persons who live within our service area and are physically unable to visit the library.

Library volunteers deliver to residents in their homes, care centers and retirement communities. Any of our circulating materials are available for delivery, including:

  • Books
  • Large Print Books
  • Magazines
  • DVD Movies
  • Audio Books
  • Music  CDs
  • Playaways

In addition to the above, we also offer book recommendations, reference services and applications for the Talking Book Program through Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled and the State Library of Ohio.

You qualify for Outreach Services if

  • You are unable to come to the Library due to illness, disability, low vision or non-driver status (senior). We are also able to arrange for temporary outreach service due to weather conditions, surgery recovery, illness, etc.
  • You must live within our service area: South of Bethel Rd, North of West Fifth Avenue, East of Riverside Drive and West of 315 [ Google Map].

How it works

  • Once you have submitted an application, our Outreach Librarian will contact you to discuss your reading preferences and schedule your first delivery.
  • Deliveries are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We deliver to facilities once a month and personal residences every other week.
  • The Outreach Librarian will select library materials for you based on your personal preferences. We will keep a record of your reading preferences and items delivered to you. This record is confidential and is only used to select items you will enjoy.
  • We respect your preferences regarding content such as explicit sex, rough language or violence, but no censorship will be exercised when selecting items.
  • On your scheduled delivery day, a library volunteer will deliver materials in a red library outreach bag to your doorstep. At the time of your next scheduled delivery, place the bag on your doorstep and we’ll replace it with your next delivery.
  • Overdue fines are not charged to Outreach patrons, however you will be responsible for lost or damaged items.

Download Application

For more information about the program, please contact:

Jen Downing, Outreach Librarian
(614) 486-9621 Ext. 128
jdowning@ualibrary.org

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