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