April 26, 2016

Library to dedicate new Parsons Branch on June 4 with community celebration

Current branch to close at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 25

COLUMBUS—On Saturday, June 4, Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) will open its new Parsons Branch to the public with a brief dedication ceremony followed by a grand opening celebration. The event is free and open to all.

  • New Parsons Branch Dedication and Grand Opening Celebration
  • 1113 Parsons Ave. (at Stewart Avenue)
  • Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Saturday, June 4, 2016 | Noon-3 p.m.

Following brief remarks and a ribbon cutting by library and city officials, the afternoon will be filled with refreshments, music and entertainment. Plus, all are welcome to explore the new branch (see rendering above), whether on their own or as part of staff-guided tours. Visitors can also sign up for a commemorative library card and register for a chance to win an eReader.

The Parsons Branch project is part of CML’s 10-project aspirational building program:

  • The new Driving Park Branch opened July 12, 2014
  • The new Whitehall Branch opened April 11, 2015
  • The new Parsons Branch broke ground on June 2, 2015 and will open June 4, 2016
  • The Northern Lights Branch renovation kicked off June 17, 2015 and is expected to be completed later this year
  • The new Shepard Branch broke ground on Oct. 20, 2015 and is expected to be completed later this year
  • Renovations to Main Library kicked off Feb. 24, 2015 and the building will reopen June 25, 2016
  • The new Northside Branch broke ground on March 1, 2016 and is expected to be completed in 2017
  • Planning is underway for a new Martin Luther King Branch
  • CML is continuing to work with the city of Hilliard on a new Hilliard Branch
  • CML is continuing to work with the city of Dublin on a new Dublin Branch

CML hopes to have all 10 projects completed by 2020.

The current Parsons Branch at 845 Parsons Ave. is one of the oldest (originally built in 1956 and renovated in 1991) and smallest (approximately 7,600 square feet) locations in CML’s 23-library system. When it opens June 4, the new branch will offer approximately 19,000 square feet of space and 64 parking spaces (up from 20 at the current branch).

The current branch will close to the public at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25 in order to facilitate the move to the new space. CML has sold the building to a private business.

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 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.