Dublin's new 41,000-square-foot, three-level library is scheduled to open June 6.

Columbus Metropolitan Library system officials announced the date in a Feb. 13 news release.

A free grand-opening event will be held from 3:30 to 6 p.m. June 6 at the library, 75 N. High St. in Dublin and will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony with library and city officials, refreshments, music and entertainment, according to the news release.

Visitors can may sign up for a commemorative library card and register for a chance to win an e-book reader.

The library has a total estimated project cost of about $21.6 million, and work is on schedule, said Ben Zenitsky,spokesman for the library system.

Zenitsky said the library system has raised $1.2 million of its $2.8 million goal for the Dublin branch.

Initially, $18.6 million was the budget for the new branch, but delays and construction inflation increased the expected cost of the project by nearly $3 million, he said.

"That discrepancy is what's being raised as part of the campaign," he said.

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, a kindergarten space, a storytime area and a performance space for programming, Zenitsky said. The second floor 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 there, he said.

The temporary Dublin branch in the Dublin Village Center, 6765 Dublin Center Drive, will close a week or two before the new library opens, Zenitsky said.

Monthly customer visits to the library from January 2018 to January of this year have ranged from a maximum of 20,012 visits in June to a minimum of 10,573 in December, according to numbers supplied by Zenitsky.

Parking garage

Construction of the four-level, 550-space parking garage next to the library is on schedule and estimated to be finished March 31, said Lindsey Weisenauer, a spokeswoman for the city of Dublin. The construction budget for the garage is a little more than $11.9 million.

Of the 550 spaces, 200 will be dedicated to library patrons during operating hours, Weisenauer said.

The garage is an important investment in downtown Dublin, she said.

"This will significantly improve the parking options for the whole area, making it more convenient for people to visit our Historic District businesses and other downtown Dublin destinations," she said.

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