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
Wednesday April 23, 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 April 23, 2014
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
3-6 years, 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.

Wednesday April 23, 2014
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
3-6 years

Join us as we ask questions, create and experiment during this interactive program using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) concepts! Every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Ages 5-8.

Wednesday April 23, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Participants will learn how to locate information and resources related to establishing and finding financial support for indivudual business activites. Registration is required.

Wednesday April 23, 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

Thursday April 24, 2014
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Join us for a program that will show you how to use library resources that could help you determine the value of some of your antiques and collectibles.

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.