July 16, 2019

Main Library to temporarily close early due to overnight construction work next door

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) will close its Main Library (96 S. Grant Ave.) early at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday beginning Tuesday, July 23. Friday, Saturday and Sunday hours will stay the same.

The Pizzuti Companies is redeveloping the Grant Oak Apartments next to Main Library. As part of the work:

  • Utility lines will be buried along Library Park North, which provides access to Main Library’s parking garage.
  • Work will be done overnight. Closing at 7:30 p.m. will help the crews get the work done so Main Library can open at 9 a.m. as usual.
  • All vehicles must be out of the garage each night by 8 p.m. For safety reasons, there will be no entry into the garage until it reopens in the morning at 7:30 a.m.
  • The Pizzuti Companies has informed CML that the work will take about four weeks; CML hopes to go back to regular library and garage hours by late August.
  • Due to construction traffic on 9th Street, Library Park North will remain closed beyond the garage exit for the duration of The Pizzuti Companies’ project.

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 Challenge 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 and career 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. CML was also named 2010 Library of the Year by Library Journal.