Welcome to the Licking County Library.


  • Downtown Newark

    Downtown Newark

    101 West Main Street
    Newark, Ohio 43055
    740.349.5500

    Hours: 
    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.

     

    • Oct
      14

      Onsite Help/Ask a Techspert - Johnstown

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

      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!

    • Oct
      14

      Family Story Time - Hervey Memorial Branch (Utica)

      10:30 AM @ Utica (Hervey Memorial)

      Enjoy stories, songs and activities for the whole family.

    • Oct
      14

      Comic Book Teens

      3:30 PM @ Utica (Hervey Memorial)

      September 9: The Stonekeeper (Amulet Book 1) by Kazu Kibuishi October 14: The Stonekeeper's Curse (Amulet Book 2) by Kazu Kibuishi

    • Oct
      14

      Crafternoons for Kids: Fingerprint Tree

      4:00 PM @ Johnstown (Mary E. Babcock)

      Create a one-of-a-kind piece of art using your fingerprints, paint and your creativity.

    • Oct
      14

      Tail Waggin' Tutors

      6:30 PM @ Downtown Newark - Lower Level Story Time Room

      Whether you're a new reader or just need practice, sign up for 10 minutes of read-aloud time with gentle, certified therapy dogs. These reading buddies are always supportive and may just reward your e...