October 13, 2016

Library opens new Shepard Branch

Sixth new library to open since 2014

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) has cut the ribbon on its new Shepard Branch.

The new Shepard Branch has:

  • 10,000 square feet of space with 50 parking spaces
  • An interactive children’s area with more space for programs and areas for children to read, study and use computers
  • A Teen area with computers, study space and comfortable seating
  • A Homework Help Center where students can get free after-school help
  • A Ready for Kindergarten area where preschoolers and their families can prepare for kindergarten
  • A Learning Lab with laptops where customers can create resumes and apply for jobs
  • Two meeting rooms with movable walls and audio visual projection for the community to gather and meet
  • Two study rooms for individual or small group use
  • A convenient drive-up window for customers to pick up reserves and return items
  • Environmentally friendly design that includes lighting that automatically adjusts with natural light

The former Shepard Branch was originally built in 1985 and had 6,000 square feet. Once open tomorrow, the new building will nearly double in size. The architect is Moody•Nolan.

Ribbon cutters participating in today’s dedication include:

  • Carl Powell, Chief Information Officer, Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Shaunessy Everett, Public Services Director, Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Teresa McWain, Director, Corporate Communications, AEP
  • Wendy Tressler, 2020 Vision Program Manager, Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Alison Circle, Chief Customer Experience Officer, Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Hugh Westwater, Community Volunteer
  • Lisal Gorman, Community Volunteer
  • The Honorable Kevin Boyce, State Representative
  • Jeffrey Lyttle, President, Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation Board
  • The Honorable Shannon Hardin, Member, Columbus City Council
  • Tiffany White, Chair, North Central Area Commission
  • David Brown, Project Executive, Turner Construction Company
  • Roger Sugarman, President, Columbus Metropolitan Library Board of Trustees
  • Jennifer Hess, Shepard Branch Manager, Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Carole Olshavsky, Project Manager, Pizzuti Companies
  • Douglas McDonald, President, Shepard Community Association
  • The Honorable Michael Stinziano, Member, Columbus City Council
  • The Honorable Priscilla Tyson, President Pro Tempore, Columbus City Council
  • Anne Jeffrey Wright, Community Volunteer
  • Patrick Losinski, Chief Executive Officer, Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Nancy Jeffrey, Community Volunteer
  • Don Gorman, Community Volunteer
  • Cindy Hilsheimer, Member, Columbus Metropolitan Library Board of Trustees
  • Kimber Perfect, Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications, Office of Mayor Andrew J. Ginther
  • Kathryn Dobbs, Vice President of Community Relations, Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation
  • Mark Ryan, Community Volunteer
  • Paula Miller, Chief Financial Officer, Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Jennifer Hadden, Member, Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library Board

The Shepard 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 transformed Main Library opened June 25, 2016
  • The new Northern Lights Branch opened Sept. 24, 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.

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, 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.