Welcome to the Licking County Library.

Learn the Library's History

The Licking County Library’s "Downtown Library" has a long and storied history dating back to the 1870s.

In 1871, the Ladies Circulating Library was formed in a house in downtown Newark. The reading room was moved to the basement of the Courthouse in 1880 but eventually closed.

On March 16, 1908, the Newark Public Library was officially established by City Council at the urging of several women from the Monday Talks Club, who had also opened the Ladies Circulating Library. The Newark Public Library opened to the public in September 1908 using one rent-free room in the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Building, later known as the Auditorium Theater.

In 1920, the library moved to the Hilliard House at 105 West Church Street, back-to-back with the former Newark High School.

A new building opened in 1950 at 88 West Church Street where it remained until voters passed a bond levy in 1997 to build the current Main Library.

It opened in 2000 and is the largest library in the Licking County Library System. In 2008, the State Library approved a change in the Newark Public Library’s legal status enabling the Licking County Library to become a County District Library, hence the name changing from Newark Public Library to Licking County Library due to serving communities outside of Newark.

The Licking County Library serves communities throughout Licking County, geographically, the third largest county in Ohio.

  • Mar
    25

    Onsite Help/Ask a Techspert - Utica

    10:00 AM @ Utica (Hervey Memorial)

    Do you have a question about technology? Drop by or schedule an appointment about your laptop, smartphone, tablet, Kindle, software or other technology needs. Call 740.349.5509 today!

  • Mar
    25

    FREE Tax Preparation

    12:30 PM @ Downtown Newark - Meeting Room A

    The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program uses IRS-certified volunteers to prepare and e-file federal, state and school district tax returns for income-eligible citizens, at no cost to them. ...

  • Mar
    25

    Bookmobile Stops

    3:30 PM @ Bookmobile

    Reddington Condos 3:30-4:00Eden Community Center 4:30-5:00Shalimar 5:15-5:45Marne 6:00-6:30

  • Mar
    25

    Parent Table Talk Series: Communication Stategies for Parents of Teens

    5:30 PM @ Downtown Newark - Lower Level Story Time Room

    LCL is thrilled to partner with Nationwide Children's Hospital to bring one of their PREP workshops on helping parents of teens better communicate. The Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)...

  • Mar
    26

    AARP Tax Assistance - Johnstown

    10:00 AM @ Johnstown (Mary E. Babcock)

    AARP professionally trained volunteers to prepare federal, state and local tax returns for low and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those sixty and older. You need to bring a photo I...