The Dublin branch library will get a new building within the next few years, but it will stay put.

The Dublin branch library will get a new building within the next few years, but it will stay put.

Columbus Metropolitan Library officials have been planning to replace the Dublin branch, which is not big enough for the demand placed upon it by its patrons.

"It's one of the largest branches in the system," said Ben Zenitsky, Columbus Metropolitan Library marketing and communications specialist.

"It's overused and undersized," Zenitsky said.

The Dublin branch library is currently 20,147 square feet and the plans are to increase the size to 42,500 square feet, Zenitsky said.

Plans are still in the works, but Zenitsky said architects NBBJ are "exploring all options" for fitting a larger building on the current site.

Through a Nov. 20, 2014, community meeting, the library got feedback from users on what they'd like to see at the new building.

"We solicited feedback from the community at a meeting," Zenitsky said. "The architects are using that to guide them in their planning."

Dublin officials are working to fit the new building into the Bridge Street District vision.

During a May 11 work session, Dublin City Council members discussed the possibility of building a parking garage on the library site.

According to Terry Foegler, Dublin's director of strategic initiatives and special projects, putting a parking garage on the site would add another 200 to 250 parking spots to Historic Dublin and could cost $4.5 to $5.5 million.

"To be able to leverage the opportunity for additional parking spaces ... is significant," City Manager Dana McDaniel told council May 11.

"It would be an additional 250 spaces to support the west side of the river and the library."

Zenitsky would not confirm a parking garage for the site, but said conversations are ongoing.

"We're working with the city very closely and exploring all kinds of parking options," Zenitsky said.

Foegler talked about adding community space to the new library as well and said an extra 10,000 to 13,000 square feet could carry a $4 million price tag.

"We've had a conversation going for quite a while," McDaniel said.

The city has also approached the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau and Dublin Arts Council about relocating to the new library building, McDaniel said.

Convention and Visitors Bureau officials expressed interest and the Arts Council officials said they might be interested in presenting programming there, but would not move offices, McDaniel said.

"Studies show we could use additional space for programming," McDaniel said.

The city is also looking at realigning some roads around the library for the Bridge Street District road network.

The work could include adding a road behind the library that could eventually connect to Shawan Falls Drive.

While some of the new roads could be years off, a new Dublin branch library is not.

The new Dublin branch library will line up with other work going on in the Bridge Street District.

"We'll open in 2017 and will break ground in 2016," Zenitsky said.