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The New Martin Luther King Library Branch Is Set To Break Ground In Early October

The newly designed library will be the 8th to be remodeled in the last few years.

Columbus Metropolitan Libraries continues its steady march towards its 2020 development plan. Beginning October 3, the metro library system plans on breaking ground for the newly remodeled Martin Luther King Library.

The event will take place at 2 p.m. at 1467 E. Long Street with parking available behind East High School and OSU Hospital East. Attending the event will be Mayor Andrew Ginther himself, accompanied by Columbus City Schools Superintendent, Dan Good.

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Not only is the current MLK branch location the smallest library site, it’s also the oldest at 50 years of age, making it long overdue for an overhaul. Once completed, the new site will be more than twice the size of the current branch and moved two blocks westward.

This will be one of the few final projects on CML’s 2020 list, an undertaking with the objective of getting Columbus’ libraries ready for the future. Many institutions, including CML, are bracing for a citywide population boom that experts are expecting in the next 20 to 50 years. Columbus Libraries are building larger facilities with more community tools in preparation for the population influx. Here’s a list of the system’s finished locations as well as the few remaining renovations yet to go underway:

  • 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
  • Planning is underway for a new Hilliard Branch
  • Planning is underway for a new Dublin Branch
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