May 7, 2019

Library offers free access to and other tools and resources

Access would otherwise require costly subscription fees

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) offers its cardholders free access to and other free resources that would otherwise require costly subscription fees. is a resource offering video courses led by industry experts. Courses focus on software, photography, business skills and more. This resource, which usually costs $29.99 per month, is free with a CML library card, giving users access to thousands of online courses on a wide variety of subjects.

Other free resources available through CML’s Research webpage include:

  • Columbus Dispatch Digital: full text access to the Dispatch dating back to 1871
  • Consumer Reports: ratings and reviews for thousands of products
  • Fold3: a database of millions of family and military records
  • Mango Languages: help in learning more than 70 different languages
  • US Newsstream: full text access to major national newspapers and magazines

To see these and the dozens of other free tools and resources offered through the library, visit

CML staff are also available to visit newsrooms to provide in-person demonstrations on the use of and other free tools and resources offered through the library. Contact Ben Zenitsky at to arrange a demonstration.

All Ohio residents can apply for a free CML library card by clicking here, calling 614-645-2275 or visiting any of CML’s 23 library locations.

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.