Construction on a new Dublin branch library is expected to begin next year.

Construction on a new Dublin branch library is expected to begin next year.

The Dublin branch is one of 10 projects on the drawing board for the Columbus Metropolitan Library and an architect for the project was chosen last week.

The Library's Board of Trustees last week selected international architecture firm NBBJ to draw up plans.

"It really is the first initial step," said Ben Zenitsky, marketing and communications specialist for the library.

The Dublin branch library at 75 N. High St., has outgrown the 20,147-square-foot building constructed in 1980.

"The Dublin branch is one of the more heavily used branches in the Columbus Metropolitan Library system," Zenitsky said.

"As big as it is, it has been outgrown by the community. We're excited to provide them with a new branch that is more than double the size of the current branch."

Plans are to build more than 42,000 square feet for the new Dublin branch library with meeting space for the community.

"As our CEO likes to say, 'Libraries of the past and present are all about collection. Libraries of the future are about connection,' " Zenitsky said.

Along with a new library, Dublin can expect new services such as the reading buddies program that pairs staff and community volunteers with elementary students for reading assistance.

"We're very much geared toward our young minds strategy," Zenitsky said, noting the library will work to help prepare children for kindergarten and the new state- mandated third-grade reading guarantee.

With an architect for the project chosen, a site for the Dublin branch rebuild is still under consideration.

The current location and other sites in the community are in the running.

"At this time there is not yet a site that has been selected, but there are a number of different options," Zenitsky said. "The main thing is we're moving forward and bringing the Dublin community a brand new library."