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COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) unveils today its new and improved website at With a new design and improved navigation, the site offers CML customers a better user experience with no fundamental changes to catalog search function.

While providing access to CML’s catalog of materials, also connects customers with much more, including:

  • Information about CML events, storytimes, author talks and more
  • Tips for parents and caregivers to ensure their preschoolers are Ready for Kindergarten
  • Tools for K-12 students to get help with their schoolwork
  • Information and resources for adult jobseekers
  • A robust digital collection of historical documents and photographs
  • Dozens of free research tools and resources – many that would otherwise require fees
  • Access to library staff to help customers choose their next books or get the help they need
  • Important news from community partners
  • Updates about the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine program

CML’s website received 7.5 million user visits in 2020. Web visits were down because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the library closures that resulted from it. Pre-pandemic, averaged nearly 10 million user visits per year. The previous version of the website debuted in 2012.

Columbus Metropolitan Library 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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