Hard Hat Tour: Columbus Metropolitan Library Renovation & Expansion
Few guests have set foot inside the Main Library since it closed its doors for construction in April, but Columbus Underground was granted special access for a hard hat tour to see what has transformed inside the building in recent months. The renovations are the first major update to the building in the past 24 years, which includes not only the entire 255,400 square feet inside, but also the outdoor plazas on the east and west sides of the library.
The library will remain closed through August 2016, and will reopen just in time for the International Library Association Convention, which will be held in Columbus from August 13th through the 19th. Over 4,000 attendees from over 120 countries are expected to attend the conference.
In addition to the construction at the Main Library, work is progressing at other branch locations.
“Steel framework is completed on our new Parsons Branch at the corner of Parsons and Deshler Avenues, and much of our Northern Lights Branch at the corner of Cleveland Avenue and Lehner Road has been demolished in preparation for major renovations,” said Ben Zenitsky, Marketing & Communications Specialist at the Columbus Metropolitan Library. “We also broke ground on our new Shepard Branch at the corner of East Fifth and Nelson Avenue on October 20th.”
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All photos by Lillian Dent.