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

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2411 East Main Street
Bexley, OH 43209

Reference & Accounts(614) 231-2793
Kids & Teens(614) 231-2878
UPCOMING EVENTS
Sat, Jan 28, 10:30am - 3:30pm
Bexley Public Library - Board Room
Looking for some inspiration to pick up the pen? Join us for a day of writing led by the beloved literary and all-around creative artist, Mimi Chenfeld. Space is limited and registration is required.
This event is full

Sun, Jan 29, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Quiet Reading Room,Bexley Library Auditorium
Learn French through interactive games, experiences, and conversations. Faculty & students from OSU's Dept. of French will use fun experiential exercises to practice and learn the French language.

Mon, Jan 30, 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, Jan 30, 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.

Canceled
Mon, Jan 30, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bexley Public Library
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.

Tue, Jan 31, 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, Jan 31, 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, Jan 31, 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium
Practice reading with a pal! In this 6-week program, children in grades K-3 will be partnered with a teen volunteer for reading and fun literacy games & activities to help build reading skills.
This event is full

Wed, Feb 01, 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, Feb 01, 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, Feb 01, 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.

Thu, Feb 02, 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, Feb 02, 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, 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.

Thu, Feb 02, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bexley Public Library - BPL Virtual Programs
Calm your soul with Gail Spirit Sky, a Laughter Yoga instructor since 2009. Join us for this virtual session of laughter and yoga that will melt away stress and leave you feeling refreshed.

Sat, Feb 04, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium
Families are invited to stop in to read the best children's books of 2022, displayed for your enjoyment in the auditorium. PLUS: Crafts for the kids!

Sat, Feb 04, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium
Families are invited to stop in to read the best children's books of 2022, displayed for your enjoyment in the auditorium. PLUS: Crafts for the kids!

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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
Canceled
Mon, Jan 30, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bexley Public Library
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.