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Licking County Library

The Newark "Main Library" has a long and storied history dating back to the 1870's where it started in a house, but soon moved to the basement of the Licking County Courthouse. The first official Newark Public Library opened in September of 1908 using one rent-free room in the Memorial Building. In 1920, the library moved to the Hilliard House at 105 W. Church Street, back-to-back with Central High School. A new building opened in 1950 at 88 W. Church Street where it remained until voters passed a bond levy in 1997 to build what currently is the Main Library and the largest library in the Licking County Library System.

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Mission Statement

The Downtown Newark Association believes that Newark’s Historic District has yet to see its most relevant and prosperous moment in time. A dense collection of architecturally significant building stock, Downtown Newark once was a center for shopping, entertainment, and dining. Our mission is to preserve the historic nature of our city while readapting the usage of the district to fit the needs of our community today. By working collaboratively, we have the opportunity to create a thriving specialty shopping and entertainment district that is fuel for economic development that extends citywide.

  • Create memorable events.
  • Drive awareness for downtown community.
  • Attract ammenities for downtown living.
  • Connect community through meetings and programs.
  • Enhance perceptions of the historic district.
  • Preserve history while driving future.

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Visit Downtown Newark

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Downtown Newark is home to many great dining locations.

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Walk off your meal while shopping at our specialty stores.

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Downtown Newark has many meeting and entertainment spaces for your next event.

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& Financial

Newark is the place to make financial and legal decisions. We are home to many organizations looking out for you.

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and Organize

Downtown is location to many beautiful churches with a variety of denominations and organizations to help yourself and your businesses.

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Health & Wellness

Looking to get fit or stay healthy? Everything you need to keep yourself well can be found downtown.