Westerville has a rich and varied history. It was the site of Underground Railroad activity, the Westerville Whiskey Wars and the printing headquarters of the worldwide recognized Anti-Saloon League of America.
The Local History Center at the Westerville Public Library is committed to preserving and sharing that history through collections of material of local and national interest.
Explore the rich and varied history of Westerville, Ohio with self-guided tours of the city's cultural, historical and architectural heritage. Learn more.
Interested? Download the app or view the web version. Both options are free. Learn more.
Experience Westerville's past through the themed exhibitions of artifacts on display in the Local History Center. Learn more.
Over 5,000 images of Westerville, from the 1800s to present day, have been digitized. This collection includes images of prominent leaders in the community, Westerville-area landmarks, aerial views, high school classes, former businesses and houses.
View the slideshow of featured images from this collection below. Or search the full collection.
For more videos, visit our YouTube channel.
Jan 20, 9am - 12pm
Age: 12-18 years
Jan 26, 7:30pm - 9pm
Age: General Audience
Feb 7, 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Age: 6-12 years
Feb 8, 2pm - 3:30pm
Age: 18 + up, General Audience
Mon - Sat: 9am - 6pm
Closed on Saturday: 1-2pm
Closed on Sunday
Available by appointment.
110 S. State Street
Westerville, OH 43081
Map & Virtual Tour
Note: You can enter the Local History Center via the mallway of the library, near the State Street entrance.
Visitors are welcome anytime during business hours.
Find a wealth of artifacts, photographs and newspaper articles.
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
1 p.m. - 6 p.m.