March 26, 2020

A message from Columbus Metropolitan Library CEO Patrick Losinski

It has been an extraordinary couple of weeks as the world faces historic challenges with the growing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. With Governor DeWine’s recent stay-at-home order, it’s never been more important to stay engaged in reading and learning as we all practice social distancing.

While all Columbus Metropolitan Library locations remain closed, we are committed to providing you continued access to digital materials and online resources 24 hours a day at – absolutely free.

As one of our nearly 800,000 cardholders, you are relying on us to help you stay connected to eBooks, eAudiobooks and other important digital resources – such as for skill-building or Creativebug for learning new hobbies. Providing these resources for our customers is more than just our job; it’s our privilege. Public libraries are about ensuring access to information for those who need it. Right now, perhaps more than ever in our lifetimes, equal access to timely and accurate information is critical.

We’re here to help during these uncertain times – whether it’s connecting you with resources or information. Feel free to reach out to us if you have questions; we’ve also provided answers to frequently asked questions here.

For 147 years, Columbus Metropolitan Library has been committed to serving our customers, even in the most challenging of times. Thank you for your continued trust and use of our digital resources. And thank you for your support as we navigate this crisis, and I hope you and your family remain healthy and safe.

On behalf of more than 800 proud library staff members,

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.