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.

     

    • Nov
      21

      Toddler Art

      10:00 AM @ Downtown Newark - Lower Level Story Time Room

      Get ready for messy, creative fun in this art class designed for toddlers. Introduce your toddler to new media—washable paints, watercolors, glue, glitter, markers and pencils. Encourage exploration...

    • Nov
      24

      Saturday Tales

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

      Join us for stories and songs in this fun, family story time every Saturday!

    • Nov
      26

      Family Story Time - Hervey Memorial Branch (Utica)

      10:30 AM @ Utica (Hervey Memorial)

      Enjoy stories, songs and activities for the whole family.

    • Nov
      26

      Baby & Toddler Sign Language

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

      Babies and toddlers who learn basic signs before they can talk have fewer tantrums and tend to learn spoken language earlier. In this fun and interactive class, we'll sing songs and learn some America...

    • Nov
      26

      Fun Family Movie

      2:00 PM @ Johnstown (Mary E. Babcock)

      It's Thanksgiving break! Get cozy at the library with popcorn, chocolate and a fun family movie!