Main Library included on list of 11 ‘most beautiful’ libraries in America


COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library’s (CML) Main Library is included on Fodor’s Travel’s recent list of the “11 most beautiful libraries in the United States.”

According to the article:

“Ohio may have numerous public libraries to enjoy (like The Mercantile Library in Cincinnati, which may be haunted, and the Cleveland Public Library’s historic Main Library Building, known for its impressive interiors), but the Columbus Metropolitan Library might be the most impressive. This library features original Beaux-Arts-style architecture and Vermont marble dating back to 1907. This spot was once the official residence for several Ohio governors, including former president Rutherford B. Hayes. When visitors enter the library’s grand atrium, they’re met with a flood of natural light from glass curtain walls surrounded by 360-degree views of outside nature. Explore more than 230,000 square feet of space filled with internationally-sourced art, an auditorium, an 800-seat reading room, and numerous event spaces.”

CML’s Main Library was built in 1907 with funds from Andrew Carnegie. It is one of nearly 1,700 Carnegie-funded libraries in the U.S.

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 School Help, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Challenge 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 and career readiness and employment resources.


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