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Who We Are: A library is democracy’s best-kept promise that knowledge and information will be accessible to all. Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) creates spaces and provides programs that connect children, teens, adults and families throughout the region with the knowledge and resources they need to build successful lives. Taxpayer dollars enable the very existence of the library, but philanthropic support, given through the CML Foundation, allows the library to take its programs and services even further. We are able to offer central Ohio resources, programs and books for readers of all ages – always free of charge.

What We Do: CML strives to create a thriving community where wisdom prevails by inspiring reading, sharing resources and connecting people. Its Strategic Plan supports this vision, as we focus on achieving our greatest objectives. They are:

  • Young Minds: Creating the foundation for a successful life by addressing critical education issues like kindergarten readiness and supporting Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee

  • Life Skills: Encouraging our community to reach its full potential by offering college and career readiness, adult learning and job search help

  • My Library: Creating the next generation library by expanding our digital collections and personalizing services to address individual needs

Why We’re Important: The CML Foundation provides financial support for the library’s greatest needs and highest priorities through generous gifts. We help to ensure the library’s collection, programs and services will be available for generations of learners to come. Every day CML provides vital services to the central Ohio community, like homework help for students, early literacy skill training for children and resume services for jobseekers. The need for the library has never been greater and gifts to the foundation ensure that our programs and services will continue to be available for free to all who walk into each of our 23 locations.

How We Impact the Community: In 2022, CML circulated 12.3 million books, welcomed 3.9 million visitors in its 23 locations, and engaged 605,000 cardholders. We assisted 62,000 K-12 students in School Help Centers, 90,000 kids and caregivers at Ready for Kindergarten programs and 45,000 participants in Reading Challenges. We made 10,900 connections to resources for jobseekers. CML served 10 public school districts, shared books and materials with 17 Central Ohio library systems and delivered 52,900 books to 400 classrooms through School Delivery. Whether you’re an occasional visitor or a daily customer, the library is here, free of charge and open to all.

How You Can Help: We need your help to sustain and expand the library’s award-winning programs and services. Your gift to CML Foundation is a tax-deductible investment that will pay great dividends for you, your family, your friends and thousands of others. No matter the size, every dollar donated helps make a positive impact in our community.

Here are some ways in which community members and organizations can support CML:

  • Ensuring the library’s future by including us as a beneficiary in your will

  • Directing corporate grants and sponsorships to the library

  • Attending the Book Festival and other events

  • Visit your neighborhood branch today!

Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation

96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215


Executive Director: Patrick Losinski

Development Director: Rachel Heine

Board Chair: Charles Fraas


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