We’re a 5-Star Library

Library Journal’s America's Star Libraries 2014 edition rated us a 5-Star library for the seventh consecutive year. We’re the only library in our category awarded 5 stars in all 7 editions of the index of public library service since its inception in 2008.

National Number Ones

The Columbus Foundation honored Columbus Metropolitan Library along with an amazing group of National Number Ones. All were named the best in the country over the past year. Find the complete list of Number Ones here

National Medal for Museum and Library Service

In 2011, we were honored with the National Medal for Museum and Library Service from The Institute of Museum and Library Services. This is the nation's highest honor for community service initiatives in libraries and museums. We were recognized specifically for our Job Help Centers, Homework Help Centers and the Ready to Read Corps.

National Library of the Year

We were named National Library of the Year in 2010 by Library Journal. Each year this prestigious recognition goes to the one public library in the United States that most profoundly demonstrates service to community, creativity and innovation in developing specific community programs, and leadership in creating programs that can be emulated by others. This video, produced by Gale/Cengage Learning, celebrates the work of our library.

Columbus Parent Magazine

Columbus Parent Magazine’s readers voted Main Library’s children’s area the Best Library Children’s Area and Best Library Storytime in September 2013.

Columbus AMA

The Columbus AMA AIM Awards recognized CML with 6 awards for 2014 Summer Reading Club, 2013 Celebration of Learning and 2014 Reading Buddies Launch.

The Communicator Awards

The Communicator Awards recognized CML with a 2013 Silver Communicator Award for our Celebration of Learning Marketing Campaign.

Central Region Friend of Public Schools Award

We received the Central Region Friend of Public Schools Award from the Ohio School Boards Association in 2014. 

Financial Reports


This is the 27th year our Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, presented by the Government Finance Officers Association for the United States and Canada.

Our Annual Budget Book is also an award-winning publication. It has won the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, presented by Government Finance Officers Association, for the past 23 years.

Annual Report