A Historic Library, Wedding Venue, and Community Event Destination Near Columbus, Ohio
Truly Unique Facility
Imagine walking into a Harry Potter castle that’s filled with books! That’s a reference we hear often when visitors first enter the doors of The Wagnalls Memorial Library in Lithopolis, Ohio. The tudor-gothic style interior and exterior of our facility is reminiscent of the Medieval Revival period with characteristics that are both stunning and exciting. Arched wooden doorways, a spiral staircase, stained glass windows, hanging metal chandeliers, and carved wood sculptures are just some of the features of the century-old library that serves the Central Ohio counties of Franklin, Pickaway, Madison, Fairfield and Fayette. Visitors from far away are always welcome and encouraged to bring a camera.
The Wagnalls Memorial Library operates as a traditional library and is home to a large collection of adult, teen and children’s materials. Wagnalls shares its publications with a consortium of 17 area libraries that reciprocate the arrangement, giving our members access to an expansive range of titles. Because we tend to keep our titles longer than most libraries, our guests often visit us to obtain hard-to-find books or books that may not be on today’s most popular lists. The main floor of the library hosts our adult and teen collection while the recently renovated children’s area is located downstairs in a safe, contained space that features a creative play space with ample room for reading, exploring, and hands-on learning. While Preschool Storytime remains one of our most popular programs, Wagnalls offers a variety of library and technology classes with activities and events for guests of all ages.
Authentic Wedding Experience
For the bride and groom looking for a unique wedding destination that’s close to home, Wagnalls Memorial offers different packages to meet the needs of any couple’s budget. We contract exclusively with local event wedding planners and caterers to ensure that your wedding experience meets all your expectations. From small, intimate occasions in our outdoor courtyard to large indoor parties of up to 300 guests, Wagnalls can make your storybook wedding come true. To learn more about our wedding services, click here or call (614) 837-4765 x126.
Community Activities and Events
As part of its ongoing commitment to engage and connect with the Columbus community, Wagnalls Library hosts a growing number of family-friendly events that promise to be fun and memorable experiences. Our annual Harry Potter Yule Ball held in February transforms the Wagnalls loft into Hogwarts Great Hall where guests 14 and older can enjoy a magical themed evening under twinkling lights in our “castle.” This October marks Wagnalls’ first Great Gatsby Party for adults who want to travel back in time to Jay’s glorious residence and immerse themselves in the glamour and festivities of the roaring twenties for a night of mingling, jazz music, dinner, and dancing. We’re also excited to hop into spring in 2019 when kids can participate in our first-ever Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Egg Hunt. Click here for a complete calendar of events.
Business Center for Individuals, Startups, and Large Companies
Hold your next meeting, retreat, or presentation at Wagnalls Memorial Library. We have a variety of rooms both large and small with flexible seating options and audio/visual systems. Need to arrange a catered lunch? We can handle that, too. For individuals or startups, we offer a number of affordable classes to help you gain the basic skills needed to advance your career or grow your business. Rental arrangements can also be made for office space that’s private, quiet, and secure. Please call our Office manager at (614) 837-4765 x126 for more information.
History of Tradition
In 1925, The Wagnalls Memorial Library was established by Mabel Wagnalls Jones, daughter of famed American publisher Adam Willis Wagnalls, as gift to the Village of Lithopolis and Bloom Township. The deed transferred property and buildings, consisting of a Library, Auditorium, and Dining Hall, to the Wagnalls Memorial Foundation as a private establishment. Mabel and her husband set up a Board of Directors to manage the facilities, additional donations and expenses. Upon her death, the bulk of her estate was placed into the Foundation with instructions to continue her legacy as well as establish an educational scholarship program for residents of the village and township. She left directives as to how they should continue her bequest perpetually. The facility has been continually updated to preserve its integrity and to honor the legacy of its original founder by providing educational, historical, cultural, and literary resources and programming to residents of Lithopolis and nearby communities.
A Wise Investment
The leadership of The Wagnalls Foundation is committed to responsible stewardship and its assets are carefully managed through answerable accountability. The future of The Wagnalls Memorial Foundation, Library, and Theater depends largely on community participation in our programs and fundraisers, as well as the generosity of individual and corporate donors. The income raised through fundraising and charitable gifts helps ensure the Foundation remains a quality historical destination and a resource for future members and guests.