COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) is building a new Hilltop Branch at 511 S. Hague Ave., scheduled to open to the public on Thursday, Sept. 30 following a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m.
Before the new branch opens, however, CML will close the temporary Hilltop Branch at 3658 Soldano Blvd. Its last day of operation is Wednesday, Sept 22. At 7 p.m., the temporary location will close permanently, and customers are encouraged to visit nearby locations for library services, including CML’s Franklinton Branch, until the new Hilltop Branch opens eight days later.
Additionally, before the temporary location closes, CML is offering Hilltop customers the chance to be a part of the library’s – and community’s – history. Customers can sign their names to a commemorative panel that will be installed in the new branch. This panel will be on display at the temporary location beginning today, Monday, Sept. 13. The temporary location is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and is closed Sunday.
The Hilltop Branch at 511 S. Hague Ave. was built in 1996 with 20,000 square feet. After a significant renovation and expansion that kicked off in early 2020, the transformed branch will have approximately 32,000 square feet. Turner is the construction manager at risk and Gresham Smith is the architect. Click here for a time-lapse video of construction.
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 Karl Road Branch project is part of Phase II, which will renovate or rebuild an additional four locations:
- The new Karl Road Branch opened Sept. 9, 2021
- The transformed Hilltop Branch will open Sept. 30, 2021
- The new Gahanna Branch is under construction
- Planning for a new Reynoldsburg Branch is underway
CML hopes to have all four Phase II projects completed by 2024.
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 23 locations are 30 to 40 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.
Visit columbuslibrary.org for more information and to track progress of CML’s ambitious building program.
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