Columbus, Ohio

Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio, USA 43215
Tel: (614)  463-1234

Special Tours for ASIS&T as recommended by the ASIS&T Central Ohio Chapter

SIGHTSEEING IN COLUMBUS, INFORMATION SCIENCE AND OTHERWISE
 

Chemical Abstracts Services
2540 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43202
Phone: 800-848-6538
http://www.cas.org/index.html
CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, provides the world's largest and most current collection of chemical and related scientific information, including the most authoritative collection of disclosed chemical substance information, the CAS RegistrySM.

Battelle
505 King Ave., Columbus, OH 43201-2693
Phone: 800-201-2011 
http://www.battelle.org/index.aspx
Battelle is an international science and technology enterprise that explores emerging areas of science, develops and commercializes technology, and manages laboratories for customers. Business key areas: energy, health/life sciences, national security, lab management, education.

OCLC

6565 Kilgour Place, Dublin, OH 43017-3395 
Phone: 800-848-5878 
http://www.oclc.org/us/en/default.htm
OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing the rate of rise of library costs. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat—the OCLC Online Union Catalog.

OSU Libraries
Thompson Library (Main)
1858 Neil Avenue Mall, Columbus, OH 43210-1286 (closed for renovation)
[#2 bus up North High Street]
Phone: 614-292-2075 (Circulation and Reserves)
http://library.osu.edu/
Mon-Thu: 8 am - Midnight
Fri and Sat: 8 am - 10 pm
Sun: 11 am - Midnight
The libraries on the Ohio State University Columbus Campus have a combined collection size of nearly 5.8 million volumes and regularly receive approximately 35,000 serial titles. University Libraries consists of the Thompson (Main) Library and a number of department libraries and other specialized collections. They support the course work and research of faculty, graduate students and upper-division undergraduate students in various fields of study.

Thompson Library
Currently under renovation, it is scheduled to reopen by Fall Quarter 2009.

Cartoon Research Library
27 West 17th Ave. Mall, Columbus, OH 43210-1393
Phone: 614-292-0538
http://cartoons.osu.edu/
Mon-Fri: 9 am - 5 pm
The Cartoon Research Library's primary mission is to develop a comprehensive research collection documenting American printed cartoon art, to organize the materials, and to provide access to these resources. It is now the largest and most comprehensive academic research facility documenting printed cartoon art. [ASIST tour available]

Digital Union
Room 370, Science and Engineering Library; 175 West 18th Ave., Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-292-2793
http://digitalunion.osu.edu/index.html
Mon-Thu: 9 am - 10 pm
Fri: 9 am - 6 pm 
Sun: 1 pm - 6 pm
The Digital Union empowers the university community by facilitating access to new media technologies for use in teaching, learning, research, and outreach. Its goals include exploring and showcasing emerging technologies, as well as encouraging collaboration and research among faculty, students and staff from diverse disciplines. [ASIST tour available]

Worthington Libraries
Old Worthington Library
820 High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085
[#2 bus up North High Street]
Phone: 614-807-2626 
http://www.worthingtonlibraries.org/ 
Mon-Thu: 9 am - 9 pm
Fri and Sat: 9 am - 6 pm 
Sun: 1 pm - 5 pm
Worthington Libraries is one of the busiest library systems in Ohio, ranked only behind the eight metropolitan libraries in terms of use. Recently, Worthington Libraries received national recognition when it was named the 2007 Library of the Year by Library Journal magazine and Gale Publishing. The mission of Worthington Libraries is to encourage lifelong learning within the community by providing exemplary services and promoting equal access to information.

Westerville Library
126 South State St., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-882-7277
http://www.westervillelibrary.org/
Mon-Thu: 9 am - 9 pm
Fri and Sat: 9 am - 6 pm 
Sun: 1 pm - 5 pm
The hallmark of the Westerville Public Library is to introduce new ways to serve the information needs of its community. In September 1999 the library received national recognition when Hennen's American Public Library Rating Index rated 9,000 libraries and named Westerville Public Library No. 1 library in the nation among those serving populations of 50,000 to 99,999. The library continued to rank in the top five, achieving a No. 2 ranking in 2003. The library Web site was recognized in worldwide competition as Most Innovative for 2003. The Westerville Library offers innovative services such as roving reference and a gaming room. Please email dbarlow@westervillelibrary.org for more information. 

Columbus Metropolitan Library
96 Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-645-2275
http://www.columbuslibrary.org
Mon-Thu: 9 am - 9 pm
Fri and Sat: 9 am - 6 pm 
Sun: 1 pm - 5 pm
Since opening in 1873, the Columbus Metropolitan Library has become one of the most-used library systems in the United States, with annual circulation in excess of 16 million items. Hennen consistentently rates CML at the top of its class (#1 in 1999 and 2005). The current main branch building celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2007, and has also been recently renovated. 

Columbus Center for Paper and Book Arts 
539 E. Town St., Columbus, OH, 43215
Phone: 614-316-3948
http://europeanpapers.com/Merchant5/aboutep.html
Wed-Sat: 11am-4pm
Located in a charming, historic carriage house in downtown Columbus, near the main library. The Center includes a first floor gallery, workshop space (for 30) and European Papers Studio Shop. The shop has a large selection of handmade & decorative papers; collage & bookbinding materials, embellishments and more. Workshops are offered in paper arts, bookbinding, collage, calligraphy, jewelry & altered books.

COSI – Columbus Museum of Science and Industry 
333 West brad St., Columbus, OH, 43215
Phone: 614-228-2274
http://www.cosi.org 
Wed-Sat: 10am-5pm
Sun: 12pm-6pm
Since 1964, COSI has been a family-friendly and interactive museum featuring science and industry, health and history; its current location opened in 1999. Current exhibits include a remote WOSU public radio station, a 3D “fly me to the moon” and a Sesame Street interactive exhibit on the human body. 

Ohio State House
Broad and High Streets, Columbus, OH, 43215
http://www.ohiostatehouse.org 
Mon-Fri: 7am-6pm
Sat-Sun: 11am-5pm
The Ohio Statehouse was completed in 1861 at the beginning of America’s Civil War. The Statehouse is considered to be one of the most significant architectural accomplishments of the early republic. Its Greek Revival Doric architectural details and proportions give the impression of permanence, elegance and grandeur deserved by the original State Legislature who passed a law on January 26, 1838 to build the new Statehouse. Restored to its 1861 appearance, the Ohio Statehouse maintains its historic character as it continues to function as the center of state government in Ohio. Enjoy the Capitol Café and Statehouse Museum Shop. Underground parking is available.

James Thurber House and Museum 

77 Jefferson Ave., Columbus, OH, 43215
Phone: 614-464-1032
http://www.thurberhouse.org
Mon-Sat: 1pm-4pm
Listed on the National Register of Historic places, Thurber House was the home of author, humorist, and New Yorker cartoonist James Thurber and his family when Thurber was a student at The Ohio State University. Thurber House opened in 1984 as a non-profit literary center and museum of Thurber materials. Thurber House is furnished in the style of the 1913-1917 period that Thurber lived in the home with his parents, two brothers, and several canine companions. The first two floors are open daily for tours. 

Columbus Museum of Art
480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH, 43215
Phone: 614-221-6801
Tue-Sun: 10am-5:30pm
http://www.columbusmuseum.org/
The CMA features collections in late-19th and early-20th century American and European art, especially strong in works of the Impressionists and woodcarvings by Columbus native Elijah Pierce. Special exhibitions running during the conference include the first major exhibit of works by Murray Jones, and an exciting collection of abstract digital media by Peter Zimmerman. 

Franklin Park Conservatory & Chihuly Collection 
1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 800-214-7275
http://www.fpconservatory.org/ 
Tue-Sun: 10am-5pm
Wed: 10am-8pm
Franklin Park Conservatory offers botanical collections, gardens, waterfalls and educational programs designed to foster life-long learning and appreciation of plants. The Conservatory features a Victorian glass house and 73,000 square feet of greenhouses situated in a 90-acre park. As part of its focus on combining fine arts with horticulture, the Conservatory is the only botanical garden in the world to own a signature collection from the internationally acclaimed glass artist Dale Chihuly. In addition, the Conservatory will be hosting “Bending Nature,” a group exhibition of works in several media inspired by horticulture. 

Wexner Center for the Arts
North high Street and 15th (OSU Campus)
Phone: 614-292-3535
[#2 bus up North High Street]
http://www.wexarts.org/ 
Tue-Wed, Sun: 11am-6pm
Thu-Sat: 11am-8pm
The Wexner Center for the Arts is one of the nation’s premiere cultural gems - an internationally known contemporary arts center at The Ohio State University. The Center offers exhibitions, performances, films, artistic residencies, and educational programs. The building, a landmark of postmodern architecture, houses galleries, performance spaces, a film theater, a store, and a cafe. 
NOT TO BE MISSED:
The current feature at the Wexner Center is the exclusive U.S. presentation of “Andy Warhol: Other Voices, Other Rooms,” an immense 700-work exhibition including prints, paintings, drawings, photographs, films, audio recordings, TV segments, and “Andy’s things.”