Dublin's new library is nearly halfway finished, according to Columbus Metropolitan Library officials.

Although there is no completion date slated for the project, library officials hope to have the project done sometime in summer 2019, said Ben Zenitsky, library-system spokesman.

The new building will feature more furniture, seating, tables and areas for relaxing, Zenitsky said.

The library's book collection might seem smaller than before because of the larger space, the number of books, however, will remain approoximately the same, he said.

"Our former Dublin branch lacked sufficient space for people," Zenitsky said.

The 41,000-square-foot, three-level building will have twice the square footage of the current space.

The building's lower level will have three large meeting rooms separated by accordion walls and a cafe, Zenitsky said.

The first floor will feature a children's area, with the children's-book collection, a kindergarten space designed to familiarize preschoolers and families with a classroom environment, a storytime area and a performance space for programming, Zenitsky said.

The second floor will be a much quieter space, Zenitsky said, and will include a quiet room for studying or reading.

A teen area with the teen-book collection and computers will be on the second floor, as will a public computer area and five small study rooms. The adult fiction and nonfiction collection will also be housed here, he said.

"This will be a much more peaceful place to promote reading and enjoyment," Zenitsky said.

While the new building is constructed, the Dublin branch library has moved to a temporary location at 6765 Dublin Center Drive.

Programming, including Reading Buddies, still is available, and homework help centers were slated to open Aug. 15.

Demolition of the site that will house the adjacent four-level, 550-space parking garage began Dec. 11, and the project will conclude in spring of 2019, said Dublin city spokeswoman Lindsey Weisenauer.

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

The project also features the construction of two roadways: Rock Cress Parkway and North Franklin Street. The city will rebuild west North Street.

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