HILLIARD, OH (WCMH) — The new Columbus Metropolitan Library branch in Hilliard will be the biggest one yet.
The $15 million project will have its grand opening next month, replacing the current branch location on Cemetery Road.
“It’ll be our largest branch in our entire system,” said Columbus Metropolitan Library spokesperson Ben Zenitsky. “The Hilliard community is growing by leaps and bounds and this opportunity was given to us to retro-fit this enormous building that was initially intended to be a senior center.”
He said it’ll have over 60,000 sq. ft. of space for books, computers, meeting rooms, reading areas, a homework help center and even a cafe.
“The idea here is really about providing a community gathering space for Hilliard residents,” said Zenitsky. “It’s not just about getting a book and leaving. It’s about let’s find a place to sit down and hang out.”
Siblings Janae and Andy Weise are excited for a whole new library to explore.
“I like coming to the library because I just love reading and I like learning new things,” said Janae. “It’ll just be a lot bigger and maybe we’ll have more people come.”
“I’ve heard it’s going to be two stories high, so that’ll be fun,” said Andy.
The library will also feature an area where pre-schoolers and their parents can learn about what to expect in a kindergarten classroom, plus more space for kids to learn.
“(A) much larger children’s area, a space for tweens, a space for teens. We’ll have a large natural light-filled reading room,” said Zenitsky. “There’s something here for everyone in your family.”
June 6th will be the last day of operation for the current Cemetery Road location. There will be a public grand opening for the new branch on June 21st.