Reinvesting in Our Communities

We completed Phase I of our aspirational building program to bring 21st century libraries to 10 communities. Check out this booklet we created to celebrate the journey.

Now we’ve embarked upon Phase II: Our new Karl Road and Hilltop branches are open, and our new Gahanna and Reynoldsburg branches are under construction. Plus, planning is underway for new or renovated Linden, Barnett, Canal Winchester and Marion-Franklin branches.

We’ve also transformed our outdoor gathering space at Main Library into Kaufman Plaza – a fun and engaging place for all ages to enjoy.  

Gahanna Branch

EXCITING NEWS! Your new library will open Saturday, March 4. That’s a special day for another reason too – it’s also Columbus Metropolitan Library’s 150th birthday! We’ll share more details in the coming months.  

For library services, stop by our temporary location at 310 Hamilton Rd.

New building: 310 Granville St.
Former Sq. Ft:. 21,400
New Sq. Ft.: 36,400

Opening March 4, 2023

Architect

NBBJ-logo_web

Construction Manager at Risk

Reynoldsburg Branch

We’re underway! We’ve kicked off construction on your new Reynoldsburg Branch.

For library services, stop by our temporary location at 1308 Brice Rd.

New building: 1402 Brice Rd.
Former Sq. Ft:. 19,800
New Sq. Ft.: 37,500

Expected to open in 2024

Architects

Construction Manager at Risk

Linden Branch

We surveyed Linden residents to ask what they’d like to see in their new branch. And we held a community meeting to connect with residents on Nov. 14, 2022. We’ll share the design in the coming months. Check back for updates.

Transformed building: 2223 Cleveland Ave.
Current Sq. Ft:. 12,700
New Sq. Ft.: TBD

Expected to open within the next few years.

Architect

Construction Manager at Risk

Barnett Branch

We’re planning a major transformation of our Barnett Branch and we want to hear from you! Please fill out our survey about how you use the library, and what you’d like to see in your new library.

Join us for a Design Meeting where we’ll share information about the new Barnett Branch. You’ll also hear from the architects and can offer your input for the new library.

Barnett Branch
3434 E. Livingston Ave.
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Transformed building: 3434 E. Livingston Ave.
Current Sq. Ft:. 12,300
New Sq. Ft.: TBD

Expected to open within the next few years.

Architects

SchooleyCaldwell
EvokeStudio

Construction Manager at Risk

Canal Winchester Branch

We surveyed Canal Winchester residents to ask what they’d like to see in their new branch. And we held a virtual community meeting to connect with residents on Jan. 10, 2023. We’ll share the design in the coming months. 

Check back for updates.

Current building: 115 Franklin St.
New building: 
TBD
Current Sq. Ft:. 5,400
New Sq. Ft.: TBD

Expected to open within the next few years.

Architect

BostwickDesign

Construction Manager at Risk

Marion-Franklin Branch

We want to hear from you! Please fill out our survey about how you use the library, and what you’d like to see in your new library.

Then join us for a virtual Design Meeting where we’ll share information about the new Marion-Franklin Branch. You’ll also hear from the architects and can offer your input for the new library.

Register for the Virtual Meeting here.
Wednesday, March 8, 2023
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Current building: 2740 Lockbourne Rd.
New building: 
TBD
Current Sq. Ft:. 4,000
New Sq. Ft.: TBD

Expected to open within the next few years.

Architects

SchooleyCaldwell
EvokeStudio

Construction Manager at Risk