Library announces date for Reynoldsburg Branch ‘wallbreaking’ ceremony

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Event to formally kick off construction of new branch

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) will formally kick off construction of its new Reynoldsburg Branch (1402 Brice Rd.) with a ceremonial “wallbreaking” at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9. This brief, highly visual event will include library leaders and city and community officials. It is free and open to all. Parking is available in the branch parking lot.

To prepare for construction, CML closed the Reynoldsburg Branch on June 18 and opened a temporary location at 1308 Brice Rd. on June 29. The temporary Reynoldsburg Branch is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and closed Sunday. The collection size is reduced with a focus on high-interest titles. When the new Reynoldsburg Branch opens in 2024, the collection will return to its normal size.

The Reynoldsburg Branch, built in 1980 and renovated in 1990, is one of the most heavily used branches in CML’s 23-location system. The new two-level Reynoldsburg Branch, to be built on the same site, will nearly double its size from roughly 19,800 square feet to approximately 37,500 square feet. Turner is the construction manager at risk and Jonathan Barnes and GUND Partnership are the architects.

In 2019, CML completed Phase I of its aspirational building program, which renovated or rebuilt 10 of its 23 locations:

  • The new Driving Park Branch opened July 12, 2014
  • The new Whitehall Branch opened April 11, 2015
  • The new Parsons Branch opened June 4, 2016
  • The transformed Main Library opened June 25, 2016
  • The new Northern Lights Branch opened Sept. 24, 2016
  • The new Shepard Branch opened Oct. 13, 2016
  • The new Northside Branch opened June 22, 2017
  • The new Hilliard Branch opened June 21, 2018
  • The new Martin Luther King Branch opened Oct. 18, 2018
  • The new Dublin Branch opened June 6, 2019

The Reynoldsburg Branch project is part of Phase II, which is renovating or rebuilding an additional eight locations:

  • The new Karl Road Branch opened Sept. 9, 2021
  • The transformed Hilltop Branch opened Sept. 30, 2021
  • The new Gahanna Branch is expected to open in 2023
  • The new Reynoldsburg Branch is expected to open in 2024
  • A transformed Barnett Branch is being planned
  • A transformed Linden Branch is being planned
  • A new Canal Winchester Branch is being planned
  • A new Marion-Franklin Branch is being planned

Great libraries create stronger communities, and each CML location is an essential hub that reflects the unique needs of the neighborhood it serves. Some of the library’s 23 locations are decades old and inadequate to meet the demands of a growing 21st century community. CML will continue to invest in and refresh those library locations not included in its building program to meet its customers’ needs.

The aspirational building program 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.
 
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 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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