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.

  • May
    20

    Onsite Help/Ask a Techspert - Buckeye Lake

    10:00 AM @ Buckeye Lake

    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!

  • May
    20

    Homeschool STEAM Building

    1:00 PM @ Downtown Newark - Lower Level Story Time Room

    The Homeschool Series is designed to cover STEAM subjects for children in grades K-5. Have fun in this sometimes messy, but always fun, program involving science, technology, engineering, art and math...

  • May
    21

    All About Bugs!

    10:30 AM @ Hebron

    Let's read about bugs and then explore our outdoor garden to see what insects live among the plants and soil.

  • May
    21

    Next Chapter Book Club

    12:30 PM @ Downtown Newark - Teen Zone

    April: The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack LondonMay: The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London June: The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London

  • May
    21

    Coding Part II: Logic and Structure Common to all Coding Languages

    4:30 PM @ Community Outreach Program

    A continuation of basic coding principles fundamental to every coding language through hands-on activities and games. No coding experience required. Please register with Ohio Means Jobs.Will be held a...