August 3, 2016

Library reschedules dedication of new Northern Lights Branch to Saturday, Sept. 24

Previous announcement listed the opening date as Thursday, Sept. 8

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) is rescheduling the dedication and grand opening of its new Northern Lights Branch from Thursday, Sept. 8 to Saturday, Sept. 24. The rescheduling is to ensure that the new branch is fully ready for customer use on opening day.

The festivities on Sept. 24 will begin promptly at noon. Following brief remarks and a ribbon cutting by library and city officials at each location, 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 commemorative library cards and register for a chance to win an eReader.

A previous press release also announced the date of the new Shepard Branch dedication as Thursday, Oct. 13. This date has not changed.

  • New Northern Lights Branch Dedication and Grand Opening Celebration
  • 4093 Cleveland Ave.
  • Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 | Noon-3:30 p.m. (UPDATED)


  • New Shepard Branch Dedication and Grand Opening Celebration
  • 850 N. Nelson Rd.
  • Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 | 3:30-6 p.m.

These new buildings are part of CML’s 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 on 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 old Northern Lights Branch was originally built in 1993 and was 11,881 square feet. When completed, it will be CML’s largest branch at 26,100 square feet. The building architect is DesignGroup. The current Shepard Branch was originally built in 1985 and was 6,000 square feet. The new Shepard Branch will be 10,000 square feet. The building architect is Moody-Nolan.

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 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.