Welcome to the Licking County Library.

Licking County and Ohio History

Explore our extensive collection of local history materials. Browse through over 500 files, uncover the history of your home using the Newark Historic Buildings Inventory or dig into the past with microfilm. Additional resources include yearbooks, veteran history, family histories, maps, Licking County Library’s Wiki, newspaper clippings, online research tools and books.

Wiki Page

LCL maintains a Wiki page for local history information on Licking County. 

Historic Newark Walking Tours

Our Local History Specialist is eager to set up a downtown Newark walking tour for you or your group.

The guided historic tour begins at the Downtown Newark location and visits historically significant buildings and locations throughout downtown.

The walk is approximately 1.5 miles. Call 740.349.5519 or email info@lickingcountylibrary.org to schedule. 

Johnstown Independent Newspapers

The Mary E Babcock Foundation worked to digitize the Johnstown Independent newspaper.

The scope of the project includes the Johnstown Independent from June 14, 1884, through December 2007, with the exception of 1899 which has no known copies.


LCL is lucky to have access to rare historical books on the city of Newark. We have digitized them for you to browse.

We've created several brochures for past history programs. Feel free to explore more about Licking County's historical significance.  

Licking County Genealogical Society

The Licking County Genealogical Society is housed at the Downtown Newark location. They offer a plethora of information including family history, marriage, birth and death records. For additional information, call them directly at 740.349.5510 or visit their Facebook page

  • Feb

    Saturday Tales

    10:30 AM @ Downtown Newark - Meeting Room A

    Join us for stories and songs in this fun for all-ages storytime every Saturday! *No story time on February 8

  • Feb

    Winter Wonderland Tea Party

    11:00 AM @ Johnstown (Mary E. Babcock)

    We invite you to a frosty tea party celebrating the magic of winter.

  • Mar

    Library Ladies Book Club

    10:00 AM @ Buckeye Lake

    No meetings required. Just read the selection and fill out a survey.March: Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

  • Mar

    Teen Featured Book Club

    10:00 AM @ Buckeye Lake

    No meetings required. Just read the selection.March: I'm Not Dying with You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal

  • Mar

    Bookworm Book Club

    10:00 AM @ Utica (Hervey Memorial)

    No meetings required! Just read the selection and fill out a survey.March - Still Lives by Maria Hummel