Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) is building a new Hilltop Branch at 511 S. Hague Ave., scheduled to open to the public on Thursday, Sept. 30 following a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m.
Before the new branch opens, CML will close the temporary Hilltop Branch at 3658 Soldano Blvd. Its last day of operation is Wednesday, Sept 22. At 7 p.m., the temporary location will close permanently, and customers are encouraged to visit nearby locations for library services, including CML’s Franklinton Branch, until the new Hilltop Branch opens eight days later.
Additionally, before the temporary location closes, CML is offering Hilltop customers the chance to be a part of the library’s – and community’s – history. Customers can sign their names to a commemorative panel that will be installed in the new branch. This panel will be on display at the temporary location beginning Monday, Sept. 13. The temporary location is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is closed Sunday.
The Hilltop Branch at 511 S. Hague Ave. was built in 1996 with 20,000 square feet. After a significant renovation and expansion that kicked off in early 2020, the transformed branch will have approximately 32,000 square feet.
In addition to being a community asset, Columbus Metropolitan Library strives to minimize its environmental footprint. With each new building or renovation project, CML plans to use sustainable building materials, incorporate glass for natural light to reduce energy costs and introduce other design and building elements friendly to the natural environment.
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