Book drops open May 18 at Downtown Newark, Johnstown, 24-Hour Kiosks

Covid-19 Updates

Covid-19 Pandemic News

Update: May 15, 2020
Book drops are opening at Downtown Newark and Johnstown (Mary E. Babcock) on Mondays from 8am - 12pm and Thursdays from 2pm - 6pm beginning May 18. The book drops at the 24-Hour Kiosks located at COTC Pataskala Campus and Legacy Park Hanover will be open 24/7 starting Monday, May 18.

This is the first phase of Licking County Library's reopening plan. In addition to book drops opening, our Librarians will be available for questions through our online Chat found on the homepage of our website. The Chat hours reflect the book drop hours: Mondays, 8am - 12pm and Thursdays 2pm - 6pm. 

Customers can contact the library through email at or through our Facebook and Instagram accounts at anytime. 

Due dates have been extended to June 1, 2020. All locations will continue to be closed to customers coming inside. We thank you for your patience as we navigate the safest and most efficient way to reopen our services.

Update: March 16, 2020
All Licking County Library locations will close today, March 16, at 5:00 PM until further notice. Library Administration will continue to watch developments and consult with state and local sources to determine a firm opening date.

This closure includes all meeting rooms reserved by the community, bookmobile service and homebound delivery. Library programs for children, teens and adults have been suspended until further notice. Due dates have been extended and book drops will be locked. Licking County Library is fine free and materials will not be due the days the Library is closed. If customers have items on the hold shelf, they will be available when the Library reopens. Patrons will not be able to return items during the closure.

The Library invites you to explore everything they have to offer digitally. Customers can download eBooks, audiobooks and stream movies and music online. Anyone can apply online and receive a Library card within 48 hours on our website,, to be used for digital resources while we are closed.  

The health and safety of Library customers and staff is top priority. This is a difficult time and the Library hopes that this measure helps to curb the spread of this virus.  In the coming days, the Library will post various resources and other information on its website and Facebook page.