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  • Main Library

  • Deaf School at 400 E. Town St.

  • Bryant Park and New York Public Library

  • Ohio School for The Deaf property

  • Rendering of Main Library, Topiary Park and Deaf School 

A New Vision for Main Library

For the first time since 1991, we’re renovating Main Library. It’s part of a grand vision Columbus has for revitalizing our downtown neighborhood. In 2013, CML purchased the old Deaf School next door and sold it to Cristo Rey Columbus High School, who is bringing new life to a historic and long-vacant building.

Now we’re moving ahead on Main Library’s renovation. At its January 2014 meeting, CML’s Board of Trustees approved Schooley Caldwell and GUND Partnership as architects for the renovation’s design.

We plan to begin construction on the renovation in 2015 and complete it in Summer/Fall 2016. Check back for updates.

We're also inspired by Bryant Park in New York, which is connected to New York Public Library and provides an outdoor reading room and green space for library customers.

Check out this Main Library Renovation Space Needs Assessment completed by architects NBBJ/BMD. These are concepts and ideas for our vision of a revitalized Main Library. We'll keep you posted here through the design process so check back!

Main Library News

Columbus library system looks to expand Main Branch
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
ThisWeek News
Columbus library rolling with the changes
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The Other Paper
New purpose for old Deaf School
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The Columbus Dispatch