Library to close on Sundays through at least Jan. 9, 2022


COLUMBUS—Due to a staffing shortage, Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) will close all 23 of its locations on Sundays, effective Nov. 14, through at least Jan. 9, 2022.

Fully staffed, CML employs approximately 870 full- and part-time staff members. CML’s current staffing count is 711, meaning there are nearly 160 unfilled positions, stretching the capacity of current staff.

CML leaders, in tandem with its Board of Trustees, will reassess staffing levels in the coming weeks and months to determine whether the Sunday closure will extend beyond Jan. 9.

Digital library resources remain available 24/7 at, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, movies and music, plus research and learning tools.

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 School 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.


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