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Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm,
Friday-Saturday 10am-6pm,
& Sunday 1pm-5pm

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2411 East Main Street
Bexley, OH 43209

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Kids & Teens(614) 231-2878
UPCOMING EVENTS
Sat, Dec 03, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Memory Lab
Bring a handful of your favorite family pictures to transfer them just in time for holiday gatherings!
Registration is now closed

Mon, Dec 05, 10:30am - 11:00am
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium
Caregivers and babies alike will love this interactive lapsit program with baby-focused books, songs, and rhymes. For ages 0-18 months.

Mon, Dec 05, 11:00am - 11:30am
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium
Stay to play after storytime, with toys and activities that stimulate the imagination and help build social-emotional skills.

Mon, Dec 05, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Quiet Reading Room
Join us to discuss Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan, the 2022 Man Booker Prize shortlisted book.

Tue, Dec 06, 10:30am - 11:00am
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium
Join us for this movement, music, and sign language focused story time for all ages. Learn at least 12 signs a quarter in this story time and enjoy live ukulele music, finger rhymes, and more.

Tue, Dec 06, 11:00am - 11:30am
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium
Stay to play after storytime, with toys and activities that stimulate the imagination and help build social-emotional skills.

Tue, Dec 06, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium,BPL Virtual Programs
Co-curator Dr. George Johnson presents on the current Decorative Arts Center of Ohio exhibit, "A Storybook Christmas Featuring a Very Brady Holiday." Reminisce about classic holiday storybooks & toys.

Wed, Dec 07, 10:30am - 11:00am
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium
Bring your toddler to the library for stories, rhymes, songs, and play activities designed specifically to help build vital early literacy skills!

Wed, Dec 07, 11:00am - 11:30am
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium
Stay to play after storytime, with toys and activities that stimulate the imagination and help build social-emotional skills.

Wed, Dec 07, 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Bexley Public Library
Join us online each week as a member of our Youth Services team shares a favorite book chosen especially for the elementary school crowd.

Wed, Dec 07, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium
Listen to the best and brightest musicians Capital University has to offer!

Thu, Dec 08, 10:30am - 11:00am
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium
Children ages 3-6 are invited to the library for activities to help build vital early literacy skills, including interactive stories, music, dancing, and more!

Thu, Dec 08, 11:00am - 11:30am
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium
Stay to play after storytime, with toys and activities that stimulate the imagination and help build social-emotional skills.

Thu, Dec 08, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Bexley Public Library - Tech Center Classroom
Help the library and earn serivce hours! Once a month, teens in grades 6-12 work on a serivce project and in return will receive 1 hour of service credit.

Thu, Dec 08, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium,BPL Virtual Programs
Elizabeth Petuchowski shares her story of growing up as a young Jewish girl in Germany amidst the rise of Nazism, fleeing to England where she experienced the WWII outbreak, and immigrating to the US.

Fri, Dec 09, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium
Tweens & teens are invited to join us to celebrate all things anime and manga. We'll have anime from Crunchyroll on the big screen, fan art & sketching supplies, & more. Cosplay is highly encouraged!

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Local History & Genealogy 
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Search the Bexley Collection

The Bexley Collection is an online archive of the history of Bexley, Ohio that provides access to images, artifacts and primary documents about Bexley & its citizens. Currently we have three digital collections for patrons to explore. You can find out more about the collection here.  Use the links below to discover more about Bexley & its citizens.

Fourth of July in Bexley
Fourth of July in Bexley
The celebration of Independence Day in Bexley was first hosted by the newly created Bexley Celebrations Association in 1948. Another patriotic celebration, Flag Day, started in 1953, was responsible for the inauguration of the city's first patriotic parade. This collection documents the patriotic celebrations of Bexley, Ohio.
The Torch
The Torch
A collection of The Torch, the student newspaper of Bexley High School. The first edition of The Torch was published October 9, 1925.
Bexley City Schools
Bexley City Schools
Explore the history of the Bexley City Schools through historic photographs, newsletters, and documents. Collected to commemorate the centennial of Bexley’s first high school, now Montrose Elementary School, this collection includes material documenting Maryland and Cassingham Elementaries, the middle and high schools as well as early township schools in what is now Bexley. This collection is presented through a partnership between the Bexley Historical Society, Bexley City Schools, and Bexley Public Library.
Bexley Schools Stereographs
Bexley Schools Stereographs
Discovered in an attic at Cassingham Elementary School, this collection of Stereographs was created in 1934 by the Keystone View Company of Cleveland, Ohio. A stereograph is made of two nearly identical photos placed side-by-side, that when viewed through a stereoscope, creates a three dimensional image. Although digitally they do not provide a 3-D experience, the images provide a glimpse into the Bexley City Schools during the 1930s. This collection is presented through a partnership between the Bexley Historical Society and Bexley Public Library.
Bexley High School Yearbooks
The first of Bexley Public Library's digital collections this collection of Bexley High School yearbooks, 1923-2005, was created in partnership with the Bexley City School District, the Bexley High School Alumni Association, and Columbus Metropolitan Library with funding from a 2013 Bexley Community Foundation grant. Additional yearbooks will be added ten years after the date of publication.
Bexley City School Newsletters
Bexley City School Newsletters
Coming Soon!
Abstracts of Title
Abstracts of Title
Approximately 50 different subdivisions, also called additions, makeup the City of Bexley. The goal for this collection is to digitize an abstract of title for each of these additions. The abstracts included document the history of the property within the specific addition and its ownership back to the early 1800's. If you have an abstract of title for a property in Bexley and would like to loan it to Bexley Public Library to be digitized for inclusion in this collection please email localhistory@bexleylibrary.org. This collection is presented through a partnership between the Bexley Historical Society and Bexley Public Library.
Sears Kit Homes
Explore the houses of Bexley, Ohio that were purchased as kits from a Sears, Roebuck & Company catalog. See photographs of nine such homes discovered by researchers from the Bexley Historical Society and Bexley Public Library and learn about their features. Do you think you live in a kit home from Sears or another manufacturer? Let us know so we can add it to the collection.
Bexley Responds COVID-19
Since March 11, 2020, when the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, a pandemic, our community has been responding. From closing schools, libraries, and businesses to changing the ways we gather, learn, and worship, our lives have been turned upside down. This collection of photos, documenting history as it happens, represents a range of experiences, including hometown hero Dr. Amy Acton and the Black Lives Matter movement, all in the midst of a pandemic. Browse the collection and consider adding your photos to the archive.

The Bexley Collection is made possible by a generous grant from the Bexley Community Foundation to the Bexley Historical Society and Bexley Public Library and through a collaborative partnership with Columbus Metropolitan Library.


BPL's Vertical File

Explore BPL's in house collection of local history articles with this index. The articles have been curated for years by BPL staff, and are located in the Local History Space on the Lower Level. 

Genealogy & Local History Programs
Thu, Dec 08, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium,BPL Virtual Programs
Elizabeth Petuchowski shares her story of growing up as a young Jewish girl in Germany amidst the rise of Nazism, fleeing to England where she experienced the WWII outbreak, and immigrating to the US.

Wed, Jan 11, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium,BPL Virtual Programs
Called the Horseshoe since it opened in 1922, Ohio Stadium has been home to football games, graduations, concerts, and more. Tamar Chute explores the history and stories of Ohio Stadium at 100 years.

Sat, Jan 14, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Creation Station,Memory Lab
Learn how to convert old family photos and videos into digital files and explore your creative side through audio, photo, and video production tools, and the Cricut Maker. Sessions led by BPL staff.

Thu, Jan 19, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Tech Center Classroom
Let David, BPL's Local History Librarian, help you get started with family history research and learn tips for keeping your discoveries organized!

Tue, Jan 24, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Tech Center Classroom
Was your home previously owned by a famous family? How has your property changed over time? Join us to explore online databases that help you find past and present info on your house and property.

Mon, Jan 30, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium,BPL Virtual Programs
Betty Weibel will share sites of literary significance in Ohio that are on the Ohioana Library Association's digital Ohio Literary Trail, and featured in her book The Ohio Literary Trail: A Guide.

Thu, Feb 02, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Quiet Reading Room
Remember Paul's Food Shoppe or The Glass Bowl? Join us to share memories and learn more about the history of past and present Bexley businesses.

Mon, Feb 06, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium,BPL Virtual Programs
Learn about Thomas Payton, the first African American man to own land in Bexley, and his family.

Sat, Feb 18, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Tech Center Classroom
Was your home previously owned by a famous family? How has your property changed over time? Join us to explore online databases that help you find past and present info on your house and property.