Welcome to the Licking County Library.

  • Downtown Newark

    Downtown Newark

    101 West Main Street
    Newark, Ohio 43055

    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.


    • Nov

      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!

    • Nov

      Homeschool STEAM Building

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

      Attention homeschoolers! Join this sometimes messy, but always fun, program involving science, technology, engineering, art and math.

    • Nov

      Bookmobile Stops

      3:30 PM @ Bookmobile

      Reddington Condos 3:30-4:00Eden Community Center 4:30-5:00Shalimar 5:15-5:45Marne 6:00-6:30

    • Nov

      Tinker Lab

      6:00 PM @ West Newark (Emerson R. Miller) - Story Time Area

      You are invited to spark your child's curiosity and creative thinking, and encourage tinkering with everyday objects.

    • Nov

      Next Chapter Book Club

      12:30 PM @ Downtown Newark - Teen Zone

      Adults with Developmental Disabilities.November 6 & 20 • The War of the Worlds (Great Illustrated Classics) by H. G. Wells December 4 & 18 • The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London