March 16, 2020

Library offers digital options during closure

All 23 locations closed through at least April 6

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) has closed all 23 of its library locations through at least April 6 due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. But CML customers have many digital options – all free with their CML library cards – including:

CML also has options for kids, including:

  • TumbleBook Library: Animated, talking picture books that teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love.
  • Kanopy Kids: Browse educational and engaging programs for children of all ages.
  • Kids InfoBits: Provides age-appropriate content on topics including animals, arts, geography, social studies, technology and more.
  • TrueFlix: Improve reading and build knowledge with this multimedia resource.

Customers can also visit CML’s Research page to browse dozens of free resources and tools to help with research, online learning, hobbies and more, including:

  • Creativebug: Award-winning online art and craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.
  • Online courses focusing on software, photography, business skills and more.
  • Genealogy and history resources: A number of free resources are available through CML’s website. Plus, the library’s MyHistory database contains thousands of digital images, primary documents, maps and Columbus artifacts.
  • Mango Languages: Instruction in more than 70 languages.

The CML Mobile App is available for free from the App Store or Google Play, enabling customers to:

  • Search for eBooks and eAudiobooks to download and read.
  • Search for books, movies and music to hold and pick up when CML reopens.
  • Access a digital version of their library card.

Those who do not have a CML library card can apply for one online. If applicants provide an email address, CML staff will process their application and email a card number and PIN so they can use it immediately. A physical card will be mailed for them to have when CML reopens.

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 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.

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.