Ohio State has new space for its extensive cartoon collection. Visitors will learn about local cartoonists, the history of cartoons and be able to see original artwork by prominent cartoonists.

"The Passing Show" was a popular comic strip depicting everyday life in central Ohio by Billy Ireland that appeared in The Columbus Dispatch. It is featured atop a desk inside the museum and library lobby along with a stained glass panel showcasing some of his other artwork.

Cartoon library and museum

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library opened in Sullivant Hall across from Mershon Auditorium this past fall after moving from a space in the Wexner Center. The new space features offices, a library, museum, gallery areas, lecture hall and seminar space. The public is free to use the library, but an assistant and an appointment are necessary. To visit the museum, which features a history of cartoons and a gallery displaying cartoons by various artists such as Peanuts by Charles Schulz, Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson and a sketch of Daffy Duck. The museum is free to visit. Hours for the museum are Tuesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and the library is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m.

If you plan to visit, take money to pay for parking. The Student Union garages off High Street are the closest public parking areas.

For more information and to plan your visit, check out the website at http://cartoons.osu.edu/

Allow a minimum of 1-2 hours for your visit.