A few days I got an email advising that the Main Library is going to be closing during its renovation after all. So, I’ll need to bid farewell to the Main building, with its great historic features and interesting artwork, and find a new library branch.
The plan was to keep the original Main library building open while work proceeded on the newer building, but the email from the Columbus Metropolitan Library said that for “budget, safety, and scheduling reasons,” they will need to close the Main Library entirely effective April 13. According to a local TV station, library officials cited lower than expected usage since the partial closure and the cost of keeping the older building open during the construction project. In my recent visits, I’ve noticed an apparent drop-off in patrons.
So, I need to find a new branch, and although the Main Library closure won’t take effect until April 13, there’s no time like the present. The Columbus Metropolitan Library website has a helpful locations page that shows that the next nearest branch to us is on Parsons Avenue, to the east and south but well within walking distance — so that’s what I’ll start using. Unfortunately, the information for the Parsons branch indicates that it is closed on Sunday, which is pretty inconvenient for us working stiffs who reserve Saturday for chores around the house and think Sunday is a great day for a library visit. We’ll just have to adjust our thinking, and our schedules, until the Main Library comes back on-line.
One other thing about the closure of Main — it means I’ll be seeing a part of Columbus I really haven’t seen before. I don’t think I’ve ever been on Parsons Avenue south of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and given the explosion of building in the Children’s Hospital area it will be interesting to see if the construction projects are changing the neighborhood where the Parsons branch is located. If only it were open on Sunday!