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New Dublin branch library

Location still a mystery, but other details unveiled

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A location still has yet to be chosen, but a few details of the new Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library were leaked to Dublin City Council members this week.

Construction on a new Dublin branch is expected to begin next year and Columbus Metropolitan Library officials have been meeting with city staff to determine a location, likely somewhere within the Bridge Street District.

"We continue to work with staff on a regular basis," Pat Losinski, Columbus Metropolitan Library chief executive officer, told council members at a meeting Monday, April 28.

The new Dublin branch library will be different from its current form, said Alison Circle, chief customer experience officer for the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

"We're focusing on community space that allows us to facilitate the gathering of the community," she said.

To that end, five to six meeting rooms are planned for the new facility, including one that can seat 200 people.

The space at the new Dublin branch library, which is expected double from its current size of 20,147 square feet to about 42,000 square feet, will be easily changed with the times, Circle said.

"We want to make sure we build so we can reconfigure the space," she said.

Technology will also be a major focus in the new building, allowing people to access library services from their own devices.

The regular library desk for staff will also be eliminated in favor of a more concierge experience, Circle said.

"We're trying to do as many things as we can to let people access through their own means," she said.

Other plans for the new Dublin branch library include a coffee bar, 14 study rooms, an expanded children's and teen's area, as well as a quiet reading room with a fire place.

Rooms for life skills training through a partnership with Columbus State will be included in the new layout, Circle said, as well as a Homework Help Center.

"We're doubling it in size," Circle said, adding that the Homework Help Center is a very used service in Dublin.

Outside the new Dublin branch library will be usable, civic space, Circle said.

"We'll utilize the space around the facility," she said.

Dublin Mayor Michael Keenan applauded the work and said a new Dublin branch library has been a council goal for several years.

"We're getting closer and closer," he said.

The Dublin branch is one of 10 projects Columbus Metropolitan Library is currently working on.

The architectural firm NBBJ was chosen in March to design the new building.

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