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First Look: Martin Luther King Library Branch

First Look: Martin Luther King Library Branch
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A first look at the brand new Martin Luther King Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library! This new space on the Near East Side will serve as a vibrant hub of learning and community for years to come.

With a rich history in Columbus, this branch first opened in 1953 and was the very first public library in America named in honor of MLK. It was dedicated by Martin Luther King Sr., father of MLK, at the time of the opening. In a very special moment this week, MLK’s oldest son Martin Luther King III, helped celebrate Dr. King’s legacy by dedicating this new branch—nearly 50 years later. What an incredible moment for our community!

“No person has the right to rain on your dreams.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

The new Martin Luther King Branch features:

  • An interactive children’s area with more space for programs and areas for children to read, study and use computers
  • A Ready for Kindergarten area where preschoolers and their families can prepare for kindergarten
  • A Teen area with computers, study space and comfortable seating
  • A larger Homework Help Center where students can get free after-school help
  • Three large meeting rooms and four individual/small group study rooms for the community to gather and meet
  • An elevated reading loft filled with natural light and comfortable seating
  • A robust collection to meet the community’s needs


Better TogetherThe Columbus Foundation‘s crowdfunding platform, rallies individuals to work together to bring out the best in our community! Through Better Together, you can show love to our local nonprofits by donating toward their time-sensitive projects and programs. With new projects going up every month, you’re sure to see a cause that’s close to your heart, so be sure to stop in often to check them out!