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: Information Line (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
Wednesday November 5, 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 November 5, 2014
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
12-17 years

Make your mark and drop in to YouMedia Teens to create music, videos, digital art and photography with mentors ready to help.

Wednesday November 5, 2014
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
3-6 years, 6-11 years

Discover the fun of reading with a buddy and boost your reading comprehension skills! Grades K-3rd.

Wednesday November 5, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This is a great workshop for new or even seasoned grant writers. Participants will meet two consecutive evenings to target grant components that have been identified by funders as barriers to successful grant applications. Major focus will be on development of budgets, logic model designs (how you start and finish the project) and concise project descriptions. First Steps of Grant Writing is offered by the United Way Neighborhood Partnership Center Training Academy. Facilitated by Dinessa Solomon, Director of Foundation Relations, The Ohio State University Foundation. A $5 material/registration fee is required. Register at

Thursday November 6, 2014
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

During this free class, you will learn how to use library print and electronic resources to research an industry and target your market; use Reference USA database to locate B2B business contacts; locate print and e-books on business topics and find free legal and business forms online. No registration required.

Thursday November 6, 2014
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Free classes for Adults learning English (ESOL). Contact the Columbus City Schools Adult Education Department to register (614) 365-6468 ext. 261 or 236.

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.