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Expansion of Downtown Columbus Library Proposed

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The Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) announced today that they have negotiated a contract for the purchase of the old Deaf School property located south of the Main Downtown library, and adjacent to the Topiary Park. The 114-year-old four-story building is currently vacant and includes a 2.24 acre property. The CML Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on the contract at their upcoming Jan 30th board meeting.

If obtained, the Downtown Library could connect the two buildings together to create new spaces, as well as connect the buildings to the Topiary Park with an outdoor terrace area.

“This acquisition gives us numerous options for the Main Library, which is now land-locked,” said Patrick Losinski, CEO of CML. “Our interest in the procurement is inspired by Bryant Park in New York, which is connected to the New York Public Library and provides an outdoor reading room and green space for library customers.”

Options for best using the new building and land are still being determined, but Losinski expects the decision making process to begin immediately.

More information can be found online at www.columbuslibrary.org.

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