March 10, 2015

Main Library to close to the public during renovation

COLUMBUS—At 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 12, Main Library will close and services will be suspended during the building’s renovation – expected to be completed in August 2016. Columbus Metropolitan Library’s (CML) Board of Trustees yesterday approved the closure of Main Library during renovation. There were a number of reasons for this, including:

  • Ensuring the renovation is completed on time and within budget
  • Being good stewards of public dollars
  • Providing the best experience for customers. Due to the limited services at Main Library, customers have already been utilizing our 21 other locations

Approximately 40 public-facing library staff members will be redeployed from Main Library to other locations in the system. No staff members will lose their jobs.

CML encourages its customers to utilize its other 21 locations, including several that are close in proximity to Main Library.

Main Library will reopen to the public in August 2016 at the completion of the renovation.

CML’s primary goals with the Main Library renovation are to:

  • Build a library that meets the needs of CML’s customers
  • Connect the library to Topiary Park to provide outdoor reading space
  • Update the front plaza on Grant Avenue
  • Add a reading room that will also serve as a civic event space
  • Enhance the children’s area

CML understands that great libraries create stronger communities, and each branch is an essential hub that reflects the unique needs of the neighborhood it serves. Some of CML’s 22 locations are 40 to 50 years old and inadequate to meet the demands of a growing 21st century community. Demands and expectations will continue to grow, along with the population of Franklin County.

CML’s aspirational building program is the result of a community-wide process that will continue to serve the needs of Franklin County well into the future. The plan is a multi-phased comprehensive blueprint that reinvents and revitalizes the entire 600,000 square feet maintained by the library

In addition to being a vital community asset, Columbus Metropolitan Library strives to minimize its environmental footprint. With each new building or renovation project, CML plans to use sustainable building materials, incorporate glass for natural light to reduce energy costs and introduce other design and building elements friendly to the natural environment.

Phase one of CML’s aspirational building program is transforming and significantly upgrading seven urban branches (Driving Park, Whitehall, Parsons, Martin Luther King, Northside, Northern Lights, Shepard) and two suburban branches (Hilliard and Dublin). In addition, changes to Main Library represent a major investment in downtown Columbus and the Discovery District.

Visit columbuslibrary.org for more information and to track progress of CML’s ambitious building program.

Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like Homework Help Centers, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Club and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college readiness and employment resources.

CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. Columbus Metropolitan Library has been rated a 5-Star Library by Library Journal for seven of the eight years the magazine has published its industry ratings.