COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Metropolitan Library is opening a new two-level branch in Gahanna next March.
A grand opening celebration will take place outside of the new facility on March 4 at 9 a.m., according to a release from the library. The building replaces the previous structure which closed June 19, 2021.
The ceremony will also celebrate the 150th birthday of the CML.
The new building, located on Granville Street, nearly doubles the size of the old branch building from roughly 21,400 square feet to approximately 35,300 square feet.
CML says the former Gahanna Branch was built in 1991 and renovated in 1998 and is known to be one of the most heavily used in CML’s 23-location system.
Since 2019, the metropolitan library has begun the process of updating and renovating its branches.
During Phase I in 2019, they were able to rebuild or renovate the following sites:
- The new Driving Park Branch
- The new Whitehall Branch
- The new Parsons Branch
- The transformed Main Library
- The new Northern Lights Branch
- The new Shepard Branch
- The new Northside Branch
- The new Hilliard Branch
- The new Martin Luther King Branch
- The new Dublin Branch
Gahanna's new branch is part of Phase II, which also includes:
- The new Karl Road Branch
- The transformed Hilltop Branch
- Planning for a new Reynoldsburg Branch is underway