Columbus Metropolitan Library to hold groundbreaking for new branch

When completed, the new Columbus Metropolitan Library Martin Luther King Branch will be twice as large as the current site. (Courtesy Columbus Metropolitan Library)

The Columbus Metropolitan Library will break ground on its new Martin Luther King Branch at 2 p.m. October 3 at 1467 E. Long Street.

The free event is open to the public. Parking will be available at East High School and OSU Hospital East.

The current Martin Luther King branch is one of the smallest of CML's 23 sites, covering 8,933 square feet. The new branch will be two blocks west of the current site and more than twice the size.

“At nearly 50 years old, the Martin Luther King Branch is the oldest location in our system,” said CML CEO Patrick Losinski. “A larger and more visible 21st Century library will be much better equipped to meet the changing needs of this growing and diverse Near East Side community.”

Much of CML's 10-project building plan has been completed. The only sites after the MLK branch are new Hilliard and Dublin branches.

The rest of the program is complete:

  • 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 opened June 22, 2017

CML hopes to have the full project done by 2020.

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