Library begins construction of new Hilliard Branch

Posted August 15, 2017 in Your Community by Anna Subler

Construction has started on the new Hilliard Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library in the two-story clubhouse of the former Hickory Chase development. At approximately 60,000 square feet, the new branch will be CML’s largest when it opens in 2018 – roughly triple the size of the current Hilliard Branch on Cemetery Road.

After an extensive renovation of the interior of the clubhouse, the new Hilliard library will feature:

Two floors of library space

A larger children’s area

A larger Homework Help Center

A special Ready for Kindergarten area

A café serving coffee, pastries and more

More meeting rooms and community gathering space

More parking

The 86-acre Hickory Chase site, initially slated to be a residential community for seniors, fell into foreclosure in 2009 and has remained unfinished along Davidson Road between Leap Road and Britton Parkway.

The new Hilliard Branch is part of CML’s aspirational building program and is projected to open by summer of 2018.