COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Metropolitan Library announced it will offer free eclipse glasses starting March 18 in anticipation of the near total solar eclipse.

The eclipse will happen on Monday, April 8 for about 3 to 4 minutes. About half the state will be in the path of the eclipse, whether partially or in totality. The Columbus area will have partial totality.

(Graphic courtesy of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources)

Glasses will be given out at all 23 Columbus Metropolitan Library while supplies last. The library also said glasses will be limited to four per family. Individuals are encouraged to call ahead (614-645-2275) to check availability.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio last experienced a total solar eclipse in 1806. The next one will occur in 2099.

For more details on the April solar eclipse, click here.