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.

  • Nov
    14

    Family Story Time - Mary E. Babcock Branch (Johnstown)

    10:30 AM @ Johnstown (Mary E. Babcock) - Story Time Area

    Enjoy stories, songs and activities for the whole family.

  • Nov
    14

    Preschool Story Time

    10:30 AM @ Downtown Newark - Lower Level Story Time Room

    Read engaging books, sing songs, and participate in early literacy activities designed especially for your preschooler.

  • Nov
    14

    Crafternoon for Kids: Fingerprint Tree

    4:00 PM @ Johnstown (Mary E. Babcock)

    Create a cute holiday paper/cardboard character to bring holiday cheer to your space.

  • Nov
    14

    Basics: Google Docs

    4:30 PM @ Downtown Newark - Meeting Room B

    Learn the basics of Google Docs, such as creating a new document, document setup, how to copy and paste, changing fonts/color/size, aligning text, adding bullets, adjusting the margins, saving and pri...

  • Nov
    14

    Babcock Book Club

    6:30 PM @ Johnstown (Mary E. Babcock)

    November: Where Hope Begins by Catherine WestDecember: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty