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Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Linden Branch Prepares For A Major Upgrade

As the Columbus community eagerly anticipates the new and improved Linden Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), a temporary shift is about to take place.

The current Linden Branch, a staple at 2223 Cleveland Ave. since 2004, will close its doors to the public at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, paving the way for an exciting transformation.

But fear not, book lovers and library enthusiasts! CML is committed to ensuring continuous service. A temporary Linden Branch is set to open at 1990 Jefferson Ave., right next to the Linmoor Education Center, at 9 a.m. on Monday, February 26.

columbus library branch at linden
The existing library branch at Linden. Courtesy of CML

This interim location will operate Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., staying closed on Sundays. While the collection size will be scaled down during this period, focusing on high-interest titles, patrons can look forward to the return of a full-size collection when the new branch opens in 2025.

Speaking of the new branch, it’s not just a simple renovation but a complete overhaul.

The new two-level building will more than double the current space, expanding from approximately 12,700 square feet to an impressive 27,000 square feet.

This expansion is a clear indicator of CML’s commitment to serving the community’s needs in an ever-evolving world. Turner Construction Company takes the lead as the construction manager at risk, with Moody Nolan as the architect behind this visionary project.

rendering of new linden branch
Rendering courtesy of CML

To mark the beginning of this exciting journey, CML invites the community to a ceremonial “wallbreaking” at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28. This event, promising to be both brief and visually captivating, will welcome library leaders, city and community officials, and, importantly, is open to everyone. It’s a chance to be part of the library’s history and witness the symbolic start of a new chapter. Parking for the event is available in the branch parking lot.

The Linden Branch transformation is a key part of CML’s broader initiative to bring 21st-century libraries to 10 communities.

It’s an ambitious plan that includes the newly opened Karl Road, Hilltop, and Gahanna branches, the under-construction Reynoldsburg Branch, and planned renovations or new builds for Linden, Barnett, Canal Winchester, and Marion-Franklin branches.

Moreover, CML has revitalized the outdoor gathering space at the Main Library into Kaufman Plaza, a vibrant and engaging spot for visitors of all ages.

As the Linden Branch embarks on this transformative journey, the community can look forward to a state-of-the-art facility in 2025. In the meantime, the temporary location will continue to serve the public’s needs, ensuring that the Linden area remains connected and enriched by the library’s resources and services.

Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting project, and don’t forget to join in the wallbreaking ceremony to catch a glimpse of the future!