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.

     

    • Sep
      20

      Preschool Story Time

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

      Preschoolers and their caregivers join us for a fun and interactive story time! Read engaging books, sing songs and participate in early literacy activities designed especially for your preschooler.

    • Sep
      20

      Family Story Time - Hebron Branch

      10:30 AM @ Hebron

      Enjoy stories, songs and activities for the whole family.

    • Sep
      20

      Little Tots

      11:00 AM @ Johnstown (Mary E. Babcock) - Story Time Area

      Babies and Family are invited to join us for stories, songs and fun.

    • Sep
      20

      Crafternoons

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

      Do you like to craft? Join us for our first Crafternoon where we will create mixed media owls on canvas.

    • Sep
      20

      Teen Ukulele Club

      4:00 PM @ Downtown Newark - Lower Level Story Time Room

      Take on classic songs with the easy to use ukulele. All skill levels welcome.