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Main Library

Location Details

96 S. Grant Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215


Mon-Thur: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fri: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sun: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Nearby Locations

Martin Luther King

Other Locations

Chuck Cody: Fiction, Arts and Media

Angela O'Neal: Genealogy, History and Travel

Jay Kegley: Science, Business and News

Martha Lund: Center for Discovery (Children and Teens)

Margie Robertson: InfoLine (614.645.2275)

Rick Catrone: Circulation


Main Library is home to an extensive genealogy collection, business and technology classes, fun programming for kids, not to mention a fabulous collection of books and resources. You can also see spectacular art from renowned artists Aminah Robinson and Todd Slaughter and visit year-round art exhibits featuring local artists.


Stop by and see what we have to offer.

Upcoming Events
Monday April 21, 2014
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Free Adult Basic Literacy (ABL) and General Equivalency Diploma (GED) Preparation Class. Students can register for orientation and class placement by calling Columbus City Schools Adult Education Department at 614-365-5245 ext. 260 or 237.

Monday April 21, 2014
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Birth-18 months

Engage your little one in new ways! Join us for books, rhymes, and music to boost your baby's ability to learn. Ages 0-18 months

Monday April 21, 2014
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
6-11 years

Kindergarten through 3rd Grade students can read with a Reading Buddy for a 15 minute one-on-one session to build reading skills.

Monday April 21, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Create, edit, format and save a simple Excel 2010 spreadsheet. Presented in partnership with Columbus SCORE. Registration is required and is limited to 15 students. A working knowledge of Excel is required.

Monday April 21, 2014
All day
12-17 years, Adult

Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Friends of the Library proudly present:


Creative Women of Color is a collective of African-American women artists whose mission is to educate, encourage, inspire and provide a creative connection with the community for the purpose of advancing the arts.

This show celebrates their diverse expressions of creativity and the common threads they share as artists.

Show Dates

March 13- April 25, 2014

Opening Reception

Thursday, March 13, 6-8 p.m.

Main Library
Carnegie Gallery
2nd Floor
96 S. Grant Ave.

Curated by Stephanie Rond

Tuesday April 22, 2014
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Meet with a volunteer from the New Directions Career Center for a 15 minute "power review" of your current resume. Bring any questions you may regarding interviews or job search strategies as well. Customers helped on a first come, first served basis.

Meeting Rooms

Homework Help Center
Monday through Thursday:
4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Open during the school year.
Job Help Center
Monday through Friday:
12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Main Library Parking

Parking is available in the attached garage on Library Park North.


  • 0-1 hour: FREE
  • 1-2 hours: $0.50
  • 2-3 hours: $1
  • 3-4 hours: $2
  • 4-5 hours: $3
  • 5-6 hours: $4
  • 6-7 hours: $5
  • 7-8 hours: $6
  • 8+ hours: $10.
  • Lost tickets will be charged the maximum daily rate ($10).

Garage Hours:

Garage opens 30 minutes before and closes 30 minutes after library hours.