Black Life in America

From 1704 to today, discover the history and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media.

  • Learn about the profound impact that people of African descent have had on American history.
  • Get critical perspectives on the experiences of being Black in America.
  • Delve into the history, culture, and daily life of Black people in America.
  • Explore issues of equity and race, including how the dominant culture has portrayed and perceived people of African descent throughout the centuries.

What You Get

  • Includes coverage from 400 Black-owned newspapers to 19,000 American and global news sources - across four centuries
  • Updated daily with new content
  • Search by date, source location, or keyword
  • Sections include: 1704-1877 (Arrival in America through Reconstruction), 1878-1975 (Jim Crow through the Civil Rights Movement) and 1976-Today (Black History Month to Today)

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  • Your library card number is located below the barcode on the back of your physical library card.
  • By default, your PIN is the last four digits of your phone number. You can change this at any time for additional security.

  • To change your PIN to a 4 to 8-digit number of your choice, follow these instructions:

    • In person, bring your library card or picture ID to any service desk
    • By phone, have your library card number and full name available. Then call 614-882-7277 option 2.
    • Online, fill out this form. (Note: This option is only available if you have an email address on file with the library.)
  • The privacy of your library card account is a responsibility we take very seriously. For your protection and in accordance with Ohio law, you must provide proof of identification to receive information regarding your account.

    For more information, refer to Public Services Policies. Section: Release Library Account Information.

  • You can manage your family's accounts by linking them with yours.

    • Stop in the library and visit with a staff member at the welcome desk.
    • Show us your library card as well as the library card of the family member you want to link accounts with.
    • You and your family member must have the same home address listed on your account to be eligible.

    Benefits of linked accounts include:

    • You can use your own library card (or driver's license) to pick up reserves for linked family members. (Note: If your account is blocked due to billed items or overdue fines of $10 or more, you will not be permitted to pick up items for your linked family members.)
    • You can use your own library card (or driver's license) to access information about linked accounts, such as checked out items, items on hold and fines via phone or in person.
    • Your linked family members can access information about your account or pick up reserves on your behalf using their own library card.

    Note: Currently, there is no easy way to "switch" between library card accounts on the website or in the mobile app. You will need to log out of your account, then log in to your family member's account. We have submitted a request with our third-party vendor for additional functionality to manage family accounts and plan to implement if/when it becomes available.

Meet the Staff

Ashley G.

With a quick smile, a contagious laugh, and a healthy dose of sarcasm, she is always a joy to run into on your way in or out of the library.

Robin G.

Robin has traveled the world through books (and real life).

Anne L.

Anne loves cooking and road trips .

Britney B

Britney enjoys the simple pleasures of life. She enjoys spending time in nature, the great indoors, art, board and video games, and travel.
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