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Main Library (Columbus, Ohio)

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Main Library
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The entrance from Grant Avenue, 2018
CountryUnited States
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Location96 S. Grant Avenue
Columbus, Ohio, United States
Coordinates39°57′40″N 82°59′22″W / 39.961238°N 82.989516°W / 39.961238; -82.989516Coordinates: 39°57′40″N 82°59′22″W / 39.961238°N 82.989516°W / 39.961238; -82.989516
Branch ofColumbus Metropolitan Library
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The Main Library of the Columbus Metropolitan Library system is located in Downtown Columbus, Ohio, United States. It originally opened on April 4, 1907, as a Carnegie library and was renovated and expanded four times in the decades since, most recently in 2016.

History[edit | edit source]

20th century postcard depicting Carnegie Public Library prior to expansion

The first public library in Columbus, the downtown reading room on the first floor of City Hall, opened on March 4, 1873, and contained 1,500 books provided by the city using a property tax.[2] The reading room later moved to a separate building across from the Ohio Statehouse.[2]

Columbus was initially passed over by Carnegie for funds to build a large main library, as it was against his preference for smaller branches accessible to local working class residents.[3] Library director John Pugh traveled to Scotland and secured Carnegie's $150,000 donation after conversing with him with their native languages of Welsh and Scot, respectively.[citation needed] The donation was later increased to $200,000 in 1903.[4]

  • Dedicated on April 4, 1907 using Carnegie library funding ($200,000)[5]
    • Message from Carnegie read by Ohio Library Association president Burton E. Stevenson[6][7][8]

Main Library was built in 1907, Albert Randolph Ross, New York, and Wilbur T. Mills, Columbus, architects.[9]

Since it initially opened, the library has undergone several major renovations and expansions to accommodate the city's increasing population.

  • Four additions and renovations[10]
  • Renovations: 1950s, 1991, 2015
  • 1990 renovation finished on January 2, 1991 and dedicated on April 30, 1991 by First Lady Barbara Bush and Governor George V. Voinovich[11]
    • Temporarily reopened on July 5, 1989
    • Demolished old addition from 1950s
    • $39 million to renovate Carnegie space, add 224,200 sq ft and parking garage
    • Total space: 418,800 sq ft (previously 87,000 sq ft)[12]
Latest renovation
Newest addition, east elevation
  • Approved in 2014?
  • Groundbreaking on February 24, 2015[13]
  • Closed on April 13, 2015, two months after renovations began[14][15]
  • 1991 addition is focus; 80 percent of materials moved to storage while rest is relocated to other branches[16]
  • Connection to Topiary Park added
  • Re-opened on June 25, 2016 with new park plaza, new interior, etc
    • New public art as required by city[17]
    • $35 million cost; part of $130 million refresh of 10 branches funded by levy

Facilities and grounds[edit | edit source]

  • Building features and rooms
  • Marble in old Carnegie section, now used as entrance and art gallery
  • Carnegie's Cafe, Carnegie Gallery, Library Store[18]
  • Adjacent to Cristo Rey Columbus High School (which lacks a school library to use the main branch)

Topiary Park[edit | edit source]

Topiary Park is a public park adjacent to the library, constructed in the late 1980s and early 1990s and designed by James and Elaine Mason.[19] The library's 2016 renovation included seating and parkland constructed between the library and Topiary Park. One of the goals of the renovation was to better join the library to the park.[20]

Collections[edit | edit source]

  • Special collections list

See also[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Main Library". Libraries.org. Library Technology Guides. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tebben, Gerald (March 4, 2012). "Columbus Mileposts: March 4, 1873 – Reading room came before Main Library". The Columbus Dispatch. p. B5.
  3. Narciso, Dean (April 28, 2007). "100 years in the books for library". The Columbus Dispatch. p. A1.
  4. "Mr. Carnegie Gives More". The New York Times. February 2, 1903. p. 1.
  5. Narciso, Dean (June 19, 2016). "Main Library ready to show off its $35 million renovation". The Columbus Dispatch. p. A8.
  6. "New Library Dedicated". Indiana Evening Gazette. Indiana, Pennsylvania. April 4, 1907. p. 1.
  7. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/24688746/columbia_library_dedicated/
  8. https://www.newspapers.com/image/59357870/?terms=columbus%2Blibrary
  9. The AIA Guide to Columbus.
  10. https://www.columbuslibrary.org/press/library-board-approves-architects-main-library-renovation
  11. https://www.dispatch.com/content/blogs/a-look-back/2010/04/two_first_ladies_help_dedicate.html
  12. Pearl, Janet A. (July 6, 1989). "Expanded library opens its doors". The Columbus Dispatch. p. E1.
  13. https://www.columbuslibrary.org/press/library-host-%E2%80%9Cwall-breaking%E2%80%9D-ceremony-kick-main-library-renovation
  14. https://www.columbuslibrary.org/press/columbus-metropolitan-library-reopens-its-main-library-public-after-16-month-renovation
  15. https://www.columbuslibrary.org/press/main-library-close-public-during-renovation
  16. https://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/02/02/main-library-downtown-shrinking-to-allow-renovations.html
  17. https://www.columbuslibrary.org/press/library-board-commissions-public-art-renovated-main-library
  18. https://www.columbuslibrary.org/locations/Main%20Library
  19. Gottsacker, Erin (July 3, 2017). "Curious Cbus: What's The Story Behind Topiary Park?". WOSU Radio. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  20. "Columbus Metropolitan Library: Main Branch serving downtown Columbus". Schooley Caldwell. Retrieved October 20, 2018.

External links[edit | edit source]

Category:1907 establishments in Ohio Category:Buildings and structures in Columbus, Ohio Category:Downtown Columbus, Ohio Category:Library buildings completed in 1907

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