The Riches of Reading

View The Riches of Reading, a new collection of watercolor paintings by 20 artists from the John Behling Watercolor Society. The watercolors convey the diverse facets and abundant gifts that come from reading and the wealth of knowledge that can be found in a library.

Enjoy paintings in a wide range of subject matter and styles that communicate the artists’ sentiment for a specific literary phrase or quotation.

Meet the artists on March 7 at an opening reception with light refreshments. Exhibit on view through April 26.

Spring Big Book Sale

You’re invited to the Big Book Sale! The Big Book Sale takes place at Main Library in the Larry Black Auditorium and meeting room 1A on the first floor.

Interested in volunteering? Learn more!

PRE-SALE  
Thursday, April 4
4:30 – 8:30 PM
Friends of the Library members only

GENERAL SALE
Friday & Saturday, April 5-6
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

CLEARANCE SALE
Sunday, April 7
1:00 – 4:00 PM

Read the Big Book Sale FAQs…

Friends of the Library members gain access to the pre-sale and receive a 10-20% discount on all purchases. Not yet a member? Join now to access the pre-sale and discount. You can also join at the door.

Friends of the Library accepts cash and credit card. Customers are strongly encouraged to bring their own bag to carry their purchases. We have a limited supply of plastic bags, but cannot guarantee bags will be available. Customers can purchase Friends of the Library tote bags for $3.50 at the sale. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Library Store Gift Card Sale

Shop the Library Store gift card sale! Buy a gift card for someone you love and get a gift card for you.

Find unique literary-themed gifts, learning toys for kids, used books, jewelry, artwork, home decor and so much more. Sales support Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Visit us today and happy holidays!

The Library Store is located on the first floor of Main Library at 96 South Grant Avenue in downtown Columbus.

LIBRARY STORE HOURS  

Monday – Thursday     10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday – Saturday         10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday                           closed (will be open 1-4 p.m. December 16th for the holidays)

Library Store will be closed on the following dates this holiday season:
Sunday, December 23
Monday, December 24
Tuesday, December 25

Sunday, December 30
Monday, December 31
Tuesday, January 1

Friend & Staff Appreciation at the Library Store

Shop the Library Store this holiday season for all of your gift giving needs. Find unique literary-themed gifts, learning toys for kids, used books, jewelry, artwork, home decor and so much more. Visit us today!

Friends of the Library members and library staff receive 25% off all purchases made November 28 – December 9, 2018. Not yet a member? Join now or at the store. Happy holidays!

The Library Store is located on the first floor of Main Library at 96 South Grant Avenue in downtown Columbus.

LIBRARY STORE HOURS  

Monday – Thursday     10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday – Saturday         10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday                           closed (will be open 1-4 p.m. December 2 – 16 for the holidays)

The Library Store will be closed on the following dates this holiday season:
Sunday, December 23
Monday, December 24
Tuesday, December 25

Sunday, December 30
Monday, December 31
Tuesday, January 1

Friends Seeking Board Applications

Do you know someone who could be described as an energetic, dynamic individual looking for an opportunity to serve our community in a meaningful, positive way? Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library is searching for people meeting that description to serve on the organization’s Board of Trustees.

Friends of the Library board members absolutely love the library and have a heart for volunteer leadership. Prospective board members often have previous experience serving on boards or committees and this year, we’re particularly interested in hearing from candidates with online and retail store, membership strategy, marketing/creative/writing, contracts, employment, and budgeting/forecasting experience. Board members serve three-year-terms (donating an afternoon and evening each month in addition to special events), and enthusiastically network and advocate for the library throughout our community.

If this volunteer leadership opportunity sounds like it might be a good fit for you or someone you know, please take a look at the information packet and application: 2019 FOL Board Application. Return the completed form (along with any additional materials detailing your skills and experience) to the address or email provided.

To be considered, submissions must be received by 5 p.m., Monday, October 15, 2018. The nominating committee will begin reviewing applications soon thereafter.

Big Book Sale: October 11-14

You’re invited to the Big Book Sale! The Big Book Sale takes place at Main Library in the Larry Black Auditorium and meeting room 1A on the first floor.

Interested in volunteering? Learn more!

PRE-SALE  
Thursday, October 11
4:30 – 8:30 PM
Friends of the Library members only

GENERAL SALE
Friday & Saturday, October 12-13
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

CLEARANCE SALE
Sunday, October 14
1:00 – 4:00 PM

Read the Big Book Sale FAQs…

Friends of the Library members gain access to the pre-sale and receive a 10-20% discount on all purchases. Not yet a member? Join now to access the pre-sale and discount. You can also join at the door.

Friends of the Library accepts cash and credit card. Customers are strongly encouraged to bring their own bag to carry their purchases. We have a limited supply of plastic bags, but cannot guarantee bags will be available. Customers can purchase Friends of the Library tote bags for $3.50 at the sale. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Educator Book Sale: July 14-15

Friends of the Library invites all teachers, librarians, childcare centers and homeschoolers to the inaugural Educator Book Sale, July 14-15th in the Larry Black Auditorium at Main Library in downtown Columbus. This book sale will focus on material relevant for educating our young minds, birth through school age. Material will include board books, picture books, fiction/nonfiction, young adult, teen, educator reference, etc. Educators, come one, come all!

RSVP to our Facebook event here.

Need more info? Check out the Educator Book Sale FAQs here.

Want to volunteer? Learn more here.

GENERAL SALE
Saturday, July 14, 2018
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sunday, July 15, 2018
1:00 – 4:00 PM

Strengthening the link between libraries and legislators

CML leaders join library representatives from across Ohio in advocating on behalf of public libraries

Ohioans are fortunate to have outstanding public libraries—whether in our largest cities or rural areas—that are the heart of our communities. State funding through the Public Library Fund is essential to maintaining our libraries’ excellence, providing a level of support unmatched in the rest of the nation.

Ohio’s elected representatives and senators have long been committed to supporting public libraries, recognizing the vital impact of the resources and services they provide. But Columbus Metropolitan Library does not take this support for granted. Every year, CML leaders join library representatives from across the state to visit with legislators to advocate on behalf of Ohio’s public libraries.

Ohio Library Council (OLC), the statewide professional association that represents public libraries, trustees, staff and vendors that serve libraries, organizes an annual Legislative Day.

In preparation for this important event, OLC reviews legislation before the Ohio House and Senate that impacts Ohio libraries and develops talking points and materials to share with elected officials. Each year, OLC develops a theme for its message. This year, Ohio Libraries Lead highlighted the ways in which public libraries help create strong economies and healthy communities, including support for workforce development, job seekers, entrepreneurship, internet access and collaborating to address the opioid epidemic.

On April 11, Pat Losinski, CML CEO, Nikki Scarpitti, Director of Strategic Initiatives, and Trustee Katie Chatas worked together to get the message out about CML’s value to our community. Meeting with members of the Central Ohio delegations, the CML team received an enthusiastic reception: representatives and senators know how much their constituents love our libraries! While the Public Library Fund was not on the legislative agenda (it appears in alternate years), the CML team reminded the legislators of the importance of their future support for this funding.

However important state funding of public libraries will always be, other legislation also impacts libraries, sometimes in unexpected ways. For instance, a proposed law that changes how public entities use credit and debit cards could impact CML administrative policies and procedures, while the Broadband Development Grant Program could help public libraries to extend broadband access to underserved areas of Ohio.

Strong relationships between CML and elected leaders ensure that the library’s needs and interests remain a priority, regardless of the political and economic climate in our state. Along with the support from Friends of the Library, library customers and Ohio citizens, this advocacy ensures that Ohio public libraries fulfill their mission.

Big Book Sale: April 12-15

You’re invited to the Big Book Sale! The Big Book Sale takes place at Main Library in the Larry Black Auditorium and meeting room 1A on the first floor.

Interested in volunteering? Learn more!

PRE-SALE  
Thursday, April 12
4:30 – 8:30 PM
Friends of the Library members only

GENERAL SALE
Friday & Saturday, April 13-14
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

CLEARANCE SALE
Sunday, April 15
1:00 – 4:00 PM

Read the Big Book Sale FAQs…

Friends of the Library members gain access to the pre-sale and receive a 10-20% membership discount on all purchases. Not yet a member? Join now to access the pre-sale and discount. You can also join at the door.

Friends of the Library accepts cash and credit card. Customers are encouraged to bring their own bag to carry their purchases. Your support is greatly appreciated!

We’re Hiring a Part-Time Sales Associate

We’re hiring! Friends of the Library Store is seeking a part-time Sales Associate to deliver excellent customer service and engage in store operations to enable its success. Review the full job full job description for the part-time sales associate. Friends of the Library Store is located inside Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Main Library at 96 S. Grant Ave. in downtown Columbus. Interested candidates should submit a resume and completed Library Store Employment Application to LibraryStore@columbuslibrary.org.