Beginning Friday, November 20, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Galleries and Lucy Shelton Caswell Reading Room will temporarily close in compliance with the Franklin County Stay-At-Home advisory issued on November 18. This decision to close, made with careful guidance from The Ohio State University and public health officials, is to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff.

Our current plan is to reopen our galleries on Saturday, January 23rd, 2021. Information about our 2021 exhibitions is forthcoming. We will continue to monitor the situation, and reopen the Lucy Shelton Caswell Reading Room when it is safe to do so.

Museum Gallery Hours


The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum exhibition galleries are open to the public and admission is FREE. *Masks are required. 

Please note that you will be asked to place coats, backpacks, large purses and other large bags, and umbrellas in designated areas at entrance to the galleries or in the lockers provided on the main floor. Flash photography in the galleries is not permitted.

Library Reading Room Hours


(Call 614-292-6369 or 614-292-0538 for information) 

Please note that we are a special collections library so our stacks are not open for browsing. Items from our stacks must be requested. See Visiting the Library Reading Room for additional information and online forms to request items before your visit.

Office Hours

Monday through Friday: Closed
Saturday + Sunday:  Closed
(Call 614-292-0538 for information)

Museum, Library and Office Closings

Thanksgiving Day Holiday:  Closed as of November 20, 2020

Christmas Day Holiday:  December 24-27, 2020

New Year’s Eve: December 31, 2020

New Year’s Day Holiday: January 1, 2021