Welcome to the Licking County Library.


  • Downtown Newark

    Downtown Newark

    101 West Main Street
    Newark, Ohio 43055
    740.349.5500

    Hours: 
    Monday - Thursday | 9am - 8pm
    Friday | 9am - 5:30pm
    Saturday | 9am - 5pm
    Sunday | 1 - 5pm between September 9, 2018, through April 28, 2019  

    The Downtown Newark Library dates back to the 1870s. In 1871, the Ladies Circulating Library was formed in a house in 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, which opened the Ladies Circulating Library. The 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, behind 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 library. It opened in 2000 and is the largest library in the county system.

     

    • Dec
      14

      Family Story Time - Buckeye Lake

      10:30 AM @ Buckeye Lake

      Enjoy stories, songs and activities for the whole family.

    • Dec
      15

      Penguins with the Newport Aquarium

      11:00 AM @ Downtown Newark - Lower Level Story Time Room

      Do you want a penguin to waddle around you? To learn about everything about penguins—including physical characteristics and why the African penguins are endangered? Examine penguin artifacts? Want t...

    • Dec
      15

      Winter Wonderland: Santa and his Penguins

      12:00 PM @ Buckeye Lake

      Santa is coming with his penguin friends from Newport Aquarium! Enjoy the sights and sounds of winter, visit with Santa, while learning about African penguins. The first 125 attendees will get a ticke...

    • Dec
      17

      Onsite Help/Ask a Techspert

      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!

    • Dec
      17

      Family Story Time - Hervey Memorial Branch (Utica)

      10:30 AM @ Utica (Hervey Memorial)

      Enjoy stories, songs and activities for the whole family.