January 11, 2017

Library unveils design concepts for new Dublin Branch

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) has unveiled design concepts for its new Dublin Branch at 75 N. High St.

At 41,000 square feet, the new 3-level branch will be approximately double the size of the current branch, which will be demolished prior to construction. Additionally, an adjacent 4-floor parking garage will be constructed that will offer parking for the city of Dublin with 200 spaces reserved for branch customers. CML plans to begin construction of the new Dublin Branch later this year and open in 2018. Turner is the construction manager at risk and NBBJ is the architect.

“Dublin has bold plans for its Bridge Park neighborhood and Columbus Metropolitan Library is eager to be a part of that vision,” said CML CEO Patrick Losinski. “This new 21st century library reflects both the forward-thinking progress being made in the city and the increasing demands of its residents.”

An initial design meeting to solicit ideas from the Dublin community was held in November 2014, and a second meeting – this time to unveil the designs – was held at the branch earlier this evening. The design was approved by Dublin City Council at its Jan. 10 meeting.CML is working to identify a temporary space for the Dublin Branch to relocate during construction.

The Dublin 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 Shepard Branch opened Oct. 13, 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
  • Planning is underway for a new Hilliard 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.