March 21, 2018

Library archivists scan and digitize 1 millionth item

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) archivists today scanned and digitized the 1 millionth item into CML’s My History digital collection.

The item is a historical photograph that CML’s Local History & Genealogy division recently acquired. Taken from the Statehouse cupola, it is estimated to be one of the oldest panoramas of Columbus – shot most likely in 1858 when the cupola underwent repairs.

My History includes digitized photographs, postcards, newspaper articles and other documents that chronicle central Ohio history. It is free to access at

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 Homework Help, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Club 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.

CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. CML was also named 2010 Library of the Year by Library Journal.