Notary Service

Need a document notarized? Free basic notary service is available by appointment at five Columbus Metropolitan Library locations: Main Library and Barnett, Hilltop, Karl Road and South High branches.

Scheduling an Appointment

Notaries are available in person only during regular library hours. Appointment times vary by location and are subject to staff availability. A current phone number and email address are required to confirm your appointment.

Call 614-645-2275 to speak with a staff member for assistance.

Notary service is not available for:
  • Real estate documents such as mortgage closing documents
  • Deeds
  • Wills, living wills and codicils
  • Trusts
  • Powers of attorney
  • Certification of “true copies” of documents
  • Form I-9 and/or other Employment Eligibility Verification documents

See our policy and list of documents here.

What to Bring

Please bring the following to your appointment:

  • All people required to sign document(s).
  • All witnesses required, if applicable.
  • Valid form of photo identification for each person signing or witnessing document(s), such as a state-issued driver license, state ID card, U.S. passport, U.S. military ID card, or U.S. permanent resident card. The notary may decline to notarize a document when this requirement is not fulfilled.
  • Printed, unsigned document(s). Do not sign your document(s) prior to meeting with the notary. Document(s) must be signed in front of the notary to be valid.

Please arrive on time to your scheduled appointment. Late arrivals may be asked to reschedule.

Additional Information

Notary service is provided by Columbus Metropolitan Library staff acting in their individual capacities as notaries commissioned by the Ohio Secretary of State’s office, and such individuals reserve the right to refuse notary services.

Columbus Metropolitan Library provides basic notary service only. Notaries cannot provide legal advice or assist with the preparation of legal forms.

For more information on the scope of the service and documents that may or may not be notarized, see the Notary Public Services Policy here.