Gahanna library patrons will be able to enjoy reading a book while drinking a cup of gourmet coffee, thanks to Java's, a specialty-drink kiosk that recently opening in the foyer of the building.

Gahanna library patrons will be able to enjoy reading a book while drinking a cup of gourmet coffee, thanks to Java's, a specialty-drink kiosk that recently opening in the foyer of the building.

Java's owner Erich Gellner, 53, said he opened his first location, called Java's Espresso Bar, at Gahanna's Vista Plaza in 1997 as a local Internet cafe and coffeehouse.

That business was sold in 2011, when he decided to change directions and concentrate on opening high-volume kiosks instead of storefronts.

The 25-year Gahanna resident opened a second location in the Greater Columbus Convention Center in 2001.

In 2010, he started working with the Friends of the Library to open a third Java's location, this time in the Columbus Public Library's main campus, which closed temporarily in March for renovations.

"Temporarily closing the main library gave us the opportunity to open back up in Gahanna by opening a small kiosk in the Gahanna library Aug. 5 and continuing our relationship with the Friends of the Library," Gellner said. "We look forward to seeing all of our old and new customers in the new location."

Library patron Julie Post said the cafe mocha is her weakness, and her daughter, Ally, recommends the double-chocolate muffins.

"They're really good," she said.

Library employee Rex Richmond said Java's didn't intentionally become a habit, but he has become a regular customer.

"It's very good," he said. "I'm trying everything. The cafe mocha is outstanding."

The Java's menu comprises espresso-based hot, blended and over-ice specialty drinks, as well as gourmet coffees.

Gellner said Crimson Cup, crafting coffee in small batches, has been his roaster since 1997.

"We also carry a variety of fruit smoothies, chai and loose-leaf tea products," Gellner said. "We can do hot chocolates and blended noncoffee drinks as well for the kids."

He said the most popular drink is Java's Mocha, a combination of espresso, steamed milk, caramel and white chocolate sauce topped with whipped cream.

The featured fall drink will be the popular pumpkin-spice latte.

"With limited counter space, we carry a small assortment of our popular food items consisting of Sammy's New York bagels, scones and cookies from Dulches Bakery in Dublin and a variety of muffins, chocolate-chip cookies and oatmeal-raisin cookies from our local milk distributor, Instant Whip."

Gellner said beverages and the baked goods are permitted in the library, with the exception of eating in the computer area.

Java's currently employs four baristas who work part time at the Gahanna library.

Business hours are the same as the library hours, but Java's closes 30 minutes prior to the library closing. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays.