Athens Public Library

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In the late 1930s, the library Board began to realize that a public library in Athens could offer a different experience and a more diverse collection than the Ohio University’s library. The Athens library originated on W. Union St. in 1935, later moving to W. Washington St. and then on to N. Court St. It’s been at the current location since 1993 and was expanded in 2005, effectively doubling its square footage.


The Athens library branch is our busiest and largest. On any given week, you can attend an author talk, cooking workshop, multiple storytimes, yoga, a music concert, artist reception, and book and knitting clubs. It hosted a Steampunk Spectacle every fall for nearly a decade.

All programs at this library are supported by the Friends of the Athens Public Library, who host an ongoing used book sale inside this location.

Other Services

  • Print from home
  • Wifi
  • Public outdoor playspace
  • Meeting rooms
  • Notary services
  • Bike checkouts
  • Copiers/fax service
  • Voter registration
  • One-on-one technology help
  • Plentiful parking