Since the Dublin branch library has moved to a temporary location while a new library is constructed on the site of the former branch, less people have been using it, according to statistics from the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

Customer visits have decreased by 60 percent from February of last year, from 27,230 people to 10,998 people.

Total circulation also has decreased by 56 percent.

The library's hours of operations also slightly have decreased, from 70 hours per week to 56 hours.

The temporary location at 6765 Dublin Center Drive has been open just shy of three months, and the library system is doing its best to let the Dublin community know that it's open, said spokesman Ben Zenitsky.

Programming, including Reading Buddies and Homework Help Center programs, still are available.

Aside from the Main Library, Dublin is among the system's busiest branches, along with Hillliard, Northern Lights, Karl Road, Gahanna and Whetstone, Zenitsky said.

Library officials expect drops in visits and circulation at a temporary location, he said.

As work gets underway to build the new Dublin branch at 75 N. High St., library system officials continue fundraising efforts for the project.

To date, the library system has raised $500,000 for the library, and needs to raise a total of $2.8 million, Zenitsky said.

"It's an investment in the community," he said.

The Dublin branch new library should be completed in 2019, Zenitsky said.

"It's going to be an incredible, iconic space for the Dublin community," he said.

Library amenities will include meeting and study rooms, a children's area, programming space, a teen area, a homework help center and a cafe.

Construction began in February for a 550-space, city-owned parking garage that will be built adjacent to the library. The project also features the construction of two roadways: Rock Cress Parkway and North Franklin Street.

The city will rebuild west North Street.

The garage and associated roadways are expected to be complete by summer 2019, said Terry Foegler, Dublin's director of strategic initiatives.

Dublin City Council on Jan. 22 approved a contract between the city and Turner Construction Co. for the garage, roadway improvements and landscaping, with a guaranteed maximum price of a little less than $17.7 million.

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