COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) is giving the public the opportunity to see bestselling novelist David Baldacci for free. As part of its series of public events marking Main Library’s grand opening, CML welcomes Baldacci to Main Library’s new grand reading room (see rendering below) at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 26. Doors open at 1 p.m. Free parking is available in Main Library’s garage.
Free tickets will be available beginning Monday, May 16 at columbuslibrary.org/rsvp. Tickets, while free, are required for entry due to limited seating.
Main Library (96 S. Grant Ave.) will reopen to the public with a ribbon cutting, dedication and grand opening celebration beginning at noon on Saturday, June 25.
Main Library closed to the public on April 13, 2015; however, renovations on the building – its first since 1991 – began two months earlier. The work represents a major piece of CML’s aspirational building program to renovate or rebuild 10 library locations within the next few years.
CML’s primary goals with the Main Library renovation are to:
- Build a library that meets the needs of CML’s customers
- Connect the library to Topiary Park to provide outdoor reading space in the Park Plaza
- Update the Carnegie Plaza along Grant Avenue
- Add a grand reading room with sweeping views of Topiary Park
- Enhance the children’s area
Main Library was originally completed in 1907 with money donated by Andrew Carnegie. Its expansion beyond the Carnegie building was completed in 1991.
Architects GUND Partnership and Schooley Caldwell Associates (approved at the Jan. 22, 2014 Board of Trustees meeting) have designed the renovation, and Turner (approved Sept. 30, 2013) is serving as construction manager at risk.
Phase one of the 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.