Branch actitivies

The Library Store at the Main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library will be closed on Sunday, Jan. 20 through Tuesday, January 22 to conduct its annual assessment of inventory. Friends and patrons who still want to shop the Library Store can visit our online bookstore during this time.

The Library Store will resume its normal operating hours on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

One way we like to say “Thank You” for being a member is to hold our Member Appreciation Week every year in the month of December.

That means everything in The Library Store is 25% OFF for our Friends.

It also means great holiday shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts, books, cards, apparel — you name it. It’s all discounted just for Friends this week only.

Show your Friends of the Library membership card — or register to be a Friend on the spot when you stop in the Library Store — and enjoy the benefits of membership during member appreciation week.



Looking for that unique gift for someone special? Looking for ways to give back this holiday season, too? You can achieve both when you shop at the Library Store at the Main Library.

Every purchase you make at the Library Store helps support the Friends of the Library, which in turn provides essential funding to library programs such as Summer Reading Club and Homework Help Centers and the Carnegie Gallery.

So stop in today to see our selection of gently used books, cards and stationery, and one-of-a-kind gifts –or join us on Dec. 8th as part of the Discovery District’s ShopAround event. (click here for details)


The Library Store is hiring a part-time, seasonal sales associate to assist with seasonal sales and operations at the Library Store. Located inside of Main Library at 96 S. Grant Ave. in downtown Columbus, the Library Store features a wide array of specialty merchandise, unique gift items and used books. Interested candidates should review the job description and email a resume and cover letter to

Support the Friends of the Library and visit our annual Big Book Sale !
This year’s Big Book Sale will be held in the Main Library auditorium from October 11-14. These gently-used books are available for all ages and interests…and nothing costs over $2.00!

Dates and Times:

  • Friends Pre-Sale Thurs., Oct. 11 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Join at the door if you are not a member)
  • General Sale Fri., Oct. 12 10-5
  • General Sale Sat., Oct. 13 10-5
  • Sunday Bag Sale, Oct.14 1-4 (Fill a bag for $5!)

Money raised annually at the sale helps the Friends maintain funding for library programs like the Summer Reading Club, Homework Help Centers and Columbus Commons Reading Room. Your support can make this year’s sale another huge success.


If you have a love of books and enjoy the atmosphere of an intimate, ecclectic, fun gift shop, look no further! If you’re interested in volunteering at The Library Store, check out the details here.

An updated book sale schedule is now available on our Book Sales link.

Karl Road, New Albany, Northern Lights, Southeast, South High and Whetstone will be holding branch sales in the months ahead.  Be sure to check for dates and times, and take advantage of the Friends Preview Sale opportunities.

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