CML Main Branch
Columbus Metropolitan Library • Columbus, Ohio • Gund Partnership & Schooley Caldwell Associates
“Opening up” the library to the public was the driving force behind the 2016 renovation to this nationally recognized library. Creating a glass curtain wall along the east side of the building, the library now opens up to the Topiary Park allowing not only natural light to pour in, but also gives the feeling of being in the park itself. The Children’s Area is in the same location as before, but now it is put on full display, visible from the atrium as a means of drawing parents and children in. New meeting rooms, a remodeled auditorium and event space for up to 800 people respond to the community’s desire to have multiple places to meet and engage. Teens and genealogy buffs are accorded their own dedicated spaces, and a Café and Friends’ Store round out the public-oriented spaces in the library. The renovation of the library not only brought the library up to date and made it more accessible to the public, but also renewed the experience of the elegant Beaux-Arts 1901 design of the original Carnegie library.