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

Angela O'Neal: Local History, Genealogy and Digital Collections

Jay Kegley: Reference and Adult Collections

Martha Lund: Childrens

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
Tuesday August 5, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Learn the basics of how to get online and navigate the Internet. Registration is required. This class is part two of a three class series on learning how to use the internet.

Wednesday August 6, 2014
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
18-36 months

Books, music, and rhymes to set your toddler on the road to reading! Ages 18-36 months

Wednesday August 6, 2014
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
3-6 years

Books, songs, stories, and surprises intended to help your preschooler learn to love reading! Ages 3-6

Wednesday August 6, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:00 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. Ages 5-8

Wednesday August 6, 2014
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6-11 years

Hear stories of tricksters and troublemakers from around the world. Ages 6-11

Wednesday August 6, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
12-17 years, Adult

Are you curious how to start researching your family history? Do you want a recommendation on where to look for particular information about an ancestor? Do you have a “brickwall” search problem that you just can’t seem to break through?

Come to a Genealogy 1 on 1 and speak with a genealogy expert who can offer suggestions and get you started on the right path to answer your genealogy questions and guide you towards solving your brickwall problems.

When: August 6, 2014 from 6:30pm-8:30pm

Where: Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library’s Genealogy History and Travel Division (3rd floor), 96 S. Grant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215

Registration is required for the program.

Contact the Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society by phone at 614-871-2110 or via email at for more information and to set up an appointment to meet with an expert at the Genealogy 1 on 1.

Please note that you will be sent a pedigree chart to fill out and bring with you so you can explain your question or roadblock in your research

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.