June 7, 2016

Library to host community design meeting for design input of new Martin Luther King Branch

WHO: Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML)

WHEN: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 from 6-7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Martin Luther King Branch | Columbus Metropolitan Library | 1600 E. Long St.

WHAT: Community meeting for design input of the new Martin Luther King Branch

Columbus Metropolitan Library is interested in what the community would like to see in its new Martin Luther King Branch – scheduled to begin construction in 2017. CML conducted a survey of Martin Luther King Branch customers and will host a free meeting to continue the discussion. CML CEO Patrick Losinski will be on hand, along with architects from Moody∙Nolan.

The current Martin Luther King Branch, built in 1969, has 8,933 square feet. A new branch will more than double the size to 18,000 square feet based on growing community need. The design process is scheduled to take place once a site has been selected, with construction slated to begin in 2017. CML plans to dedicate the new branch in 2018.

The Martin Luther King 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 opened 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
  • 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.

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.