Image Nationally recognized in 2017 by Library Journal as a “Best Small Libraries in America” finalist, the Columbus Public Library was also awarded an ALA Harwood Grant and an IMLS Community Engagement Grant. This busy, beloved library is located 30 minutes northeast of Madison, the Columbus Public Library serves a city population of 5,000 plus several thousand patrons in surrounding Dodge, Dane and Columbia counties. The library includes the historic landmark building plus an annex with a bookstore, meeting/education spaces and artists studios. The Library is home to the Friends of the Library and the Columbus Literacy Council. It coordinates activities with the Columbus Area Historical Society, the Columbus Community Center, the Columbus Recreation Department, local civic groups and area schools. The library is a member of the South Central Library System.