COLUMBUS—As thousands of central Ohio children and teens return to school this month, Columbus Metropolitan Library’s (CML) School Help Centers reopen at 21 of its 23 locations. Starting Monday, Aug. 23, K-12 students will once again have a free place to get help with their schoolwork from friendly staff and volunteers.
Formerly known as Homework Help Centers, School Help Centers offer students access to welcoming spaces to study and learn, as well as computers, printers, digital research tools and CML’s catalog, including eBooks. For the safety of students and staff amid the ongoing pandemic, masks will be required while in the School Help Center. All CML staff continue to wear masks regardless of their vaccination status.
See below for specific hours at each library location. Service hours reflect differences in school dismissal times among the 10 districts CML serves (Canal Winchester Local, Columbus City, Dublin City, Gahanna-Jefferson Public, Groveport Madison Local, Hamilton Local, Hilliard City, New Albany-Plain Local, Reynoldsburg City and Whitehall City). For more information on CML’s School Help Centers, visit columbuslibrary.org/school-help.
School Help Center hours of operation
Monday – Friday, 3-6 p.m.
Franklinton, Hilltop, Martin Luther King, New Albany, Parsons, Whitehall
Monday – Thursday, 3:30-6:30 p.m. and Friday, 3-6 p.m.
Barnett, Driving Park, Dublin, Gahanna, Linden, Northern Lights, Shepard, South High, Whetstone
Monday – Thursday, 4-7 p.m. and Friday, 3-6 p.m.
Canal Winchester, Hilliard, Karl Road (open Sept. 9), Northside, Reynoldsburg, Southeast
CML’s Main Library and Marion-Franklin Branch are not currently offering School Help Centers. CML’s new Karl Road Branch will open to the public on Thursday, Sept. 9, at which time its School Help Center will open for students. In addition to providing in-person School Help, CML also launched a new School Help webpage earlier this year, offering free access to tools and resources, including HelpNow: connecting students one-on-one with virtual tutors Monday through Friday from 2-11 p.m. Also available is Virtual Reading Buddies, connecting K-3 students with CML staff members for one-on-one reading help. Visit columbuslibrary.org/school-help to learn more.