We’re a 5-Star Library

Library Journal’s America's Star Libraries 2013 edition rated us a 5-Star library for the sixth consecutive year. We’re the only library in our category awarded 5 stars in all 6 editions of the index of public library service since its inception in 2008.

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.

Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings

We always top the Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings. We are one of only 10 libraries in the country to have made the Top 10 list all 10 times the rating system has existed, including three #1 ratings.

Columbus Parent Magazine

Columbus Parent Magazine’s readers voted Main Library’s children’s area Center for Discovery the Best Library Children’s Area and Best Library Storytime in May of 2011.

Hermes Creative Award

The Hermes Creative Awards recognized CML with two awards in 2012:

  • Platinum Award for our Summer Reading Club Marketing Campaign
  • Gold Award for our Celebration of Learning Marketing Campaign
The Communicator Awards

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

Financial Reports

GFOA

This is the 26th 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 21 years.

Annual Report