Library marks its 150th birthday with commemorative book

Available for checkout and purchase

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) is marking its 150th birthday in 2023. As part of the celebrations, a commemorative book, Columbus Metropolitan Library: Celebrating 150 Years, is available for checkout and purchase ($35) at The Library Store inside Main Library and at CML’s 22 branches.

The hardbound book, compiled by CML’s Local History & Genealogy team, chronicles the 150-year history of Columbus’ public library – from its humble beginnings in a single room within the old City Hall building and spanning two world wars and two global pandemics into the 23-location system it is today.

“Today, we stand on the shoulders of dedicated staff and community members who have come before us – trailblazers who have forged pathways for us to become the library we are today, and the library we aspire to be in the future.”
~CML CEO Patrick Losinski, excerpted from the book’s foreword

Columbus Metropolitan Library, celebrating 150 years in 2023, has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like School Help, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Challenge and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college and career readiness and employment resources.


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