March 18, 2020

Library to participate in global eBook club

COLUMBUS—While all Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) locations are closed in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, CML is working to provide access to digital materials for its customers.

As part of these efforts, CML is participating in The Big Library Read, a digital book club set on a global scale to introduce and connect as many passionate readers as possible to eBooks. The program allows owners of digital eReader devices – and holders of CML library cards – to instantly download a specific eBook or eAudiobook with no waits or holds.

Starting Monday, March 30 and ending Monday, April 13, Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic: A Comedian’s Guide to Life on the Spectrum by Michael McCreary will be the featured title.

Thousands of FREE library eBooks are waiting to be downloaded by CML customers at

In 2019, CML customers downloaded 2.3 million digital items – with numbers trending upward in 2020.

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.