The Columbus Metropolitan Library has made some significant changes to the Main Library on Grant Street and I had the opportunity to get a preview of the changes. The original 1907 building has undergone a $35 million renovation and it is absolutely breathtaking. My visit left me inspired and ready to grab the kiddos to allow them to visit the amazing space and library that is now the newly renovated Main Library.
Columbus, Ohio has been my home for the past 11 years. In each year of living here, I have seen an incredible amount of growth throughout the city and within organizations. One organization in particular is the Columbus Metropolitan Library. With over 23 locations in Franklin County and 22 branches it is a quite large operated organization and adds more than books to the city of Columbus.
As a stay-at-home mom turned homeschooling mom, I have found the library system quite beneficial for my family and I. Weekly story time, play time and discovering new children’s literature is something we look forward to at our local libraries.
Every floor and room of the Main Library is illuminated by the massive amount of light that the walls of windows allow in. Everywhere you look, you will find bright areas and furniture that seemingly energize, as well as views of the city that only inspire.
The renovation design reminds me of the recent changes to my alma mater’s, The Ohio State University, library. Columbus Metropolitan Library CEO, Patrick Losinski, let us know that indeed, the OSU library impressed them most after visiting libraries across the country. Architects GUND Partnership and Schooley Caldwell Associates designed the $35 million renovation. The project’s focus was to meet the needs of customers, connect the library to the Topiary Park, enhance the children’s area, create a grand reading room with views of the Topiary Park and updating the Carnegie Plaza along Grant Avenue.
No age group has been left out of the stunning renovation. Areas for adults, teens, tweens and children have been intentionally designed to fit the needs of these various age groups. Technology also plays a large part in each section. There are so many amazing changes that they only way to get a great look and feel of it all is to simply experience it.
Take a Look
Atrium & Shop
After a 16 month renovation and closure, the new Main Library will be revealed to the public June 25-26 during a weekend full of festivities that the entire family can enjoy.
Grand Reopening Schedule
All events are free!
Saturday, June 25
Noon | Dedication and Ribbon Cutting
We’ll make it official following brief remarks from library and community leaders.
12:30-3 p.m. | Grand Opening Celebration
Enjoy entertainment and activities plus sign up for a commemorative library card.
2-3 p.m. | Concert in the Park
Stop by Topiary Park for a special PBJ & Jazz concert featuring the Caribbean Jazz Sextet.
Dusk | Outdoor Movie – The Lorax (2012)
We’re teaming up with the Gateway Film Center to bring you the film adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic outside in Topiary Park.
Carnegie Gallery | art unbound
Local artists were challenged to transform worn library books that would have been recycled into works of art. The exhibit runs through Aug. 27.
Sunday, June 26
2-4 p.m. | Author Talk with
bestselling novelist David Baldacci
This free event will be ticketed due to limited space. Visit columbuslibrary.org/rsvp for more information.