Columbus Metropolitan Library

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Seniors


Main Library96 South Grant AvenueColumbus, OH 43215 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Columbus Metropolitan Library envisions a thriving community where wisdom prevails. The library’s purpose is to inspire reading, share resources, and connect people.


Open to All since 1873, Columbus Metropolitan Library is well known for its signature services and programs like School Help, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Challenge and Ready for Kindergarten. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML responds to areas of urgent community need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college and career readiness and employment resources.

CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. CML was also named 2010 Library of the Year by Library Journal.


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by Michaelina P. (October 23, 2008)
I have volunteered for the library off and on for the past year and a half. I came into my experience at the library very naiive about how it functions. But having done the behind the scenes work (such as filing and prepping documents for scanning), I see and have learned that there is MUCH more going on at the library than people think. I thought that library was just books, cds and movies, never stopping to think that perhaps there was more going on than I assumed. And I was pleasantly suprised at how dedicated the library to being the best it can be. It serves its customers to its fullest potential. And I, as a patron, appreciate that. Thanks, CML.

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