Welcome to the Licking County Library.

  • Downtown Newark

    Downtown Newark

    101 West Main Street
    Newark, Ohio 43055

    Monday - Thursday | 10am - 8pm
    Friday - Saturday | 10am - 5pm
    Sunday | Closed

    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.


    • Nov

      Basics: eContent

      10:00 AM @ Downtown Newark - Upper Level Conference Room

      Learn about our four most popular eContent apps: Overdrive, Libby, Hoopla and Tumblebooks. Please bring your own device to this class.

    • Nov

      Family Story Time - Hebron Branch

      10:30 AM @ Hebron

      Enjoy stories, songs and activities for the whole family.

    • Nov

      Preschool Craft Time

      10:30 AM @ Utica (Hervey Memorial)

      Join us for a morning of crafts, friendship and fun!

    • Nov

      Blank Canvas Art Club

      4:00 PM @ Downtown Newark - Teen Zone

      Work on flexible and fun (or self-directed, if you wish) art projects in a calm and collaborative environment while sharing ideas for your library!

    • Nov

      Miller Book Group

      5:30 PM @ West Newark (Emerson R. Miller)

      November: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie December: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger