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.

  • Jul
    16

    A Universe of Stories - Family Space Sessions: I Spy Space Table

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

    Drop in every week for a new adventure through space. <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"> Theme: I Spy Space Table

  • Jul
    16

    FREE "picnic style" lunches this summer!

    12:00 PM @ Downtown Newark

    Anyone 18 and under can stop by the Downtown Newark Library from 12 - 1pm, Monday - Friday, for a healthy meal from June 3 through August 21. No questions asked.

  • Jul
    16

    Next Chapter Book Club

    12:30 PM @ Downtown Newark - Teen Zone

    July: The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack LondonAugust: The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London

  • Jul
    16

    Santa's in a Sweat - Christmas in July

    1:00 PM @ West Newark (Emerson R. Miller)

    This intergenerational program, co-hosted by Licking County Recycling, will help keep us cool. Learn to make wine cork ornaments, take photos in a very ugly sweater, and take part in a melted snowball...

  • Jul
    16

    A Universe of Stories - Voyager 2019

    1:30 PM @ Downtown Newark - Lower Level Story Time Room

    The contents of the original Voyager were carefully selected to represent its senders and their habitat, humans living on Earth in the late 70s. We'll talk about those choices first. Then, we'll debat...