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Columbus Metropolitan Library

Martin Luther King Branch Library


Project Description

Project Stats

Location

Columbus, OH

Year Completed

2018

Square Footage

18,700

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Design Features

Moody Nolan provided full design services for the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Library located in Columbus, Ohio. The new 18,000 sq. ft. library includes an elevated reading room overlooking the street similar to residential porches in the neighborhood. It was the first branch library in the United States to be named after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The new building’s architecture is designed to emulate carved stone reflecting the historic civic buildings nearby, but also the stone monument of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monument in Washington DC. It is a metaphorical response to the quote carved on the monument: “Out of a mountain of sorrow, a stone of hope.”

The new 18,000 sq. ft. library includes an elevated reading room overlooking the street similar to residential porches in the neighborhood. It was the first branch library in the United States to be named after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The new building’s architecture is designed to emulate carved stone reflecting the historic civic buildings nearby, but also the stone monument of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monument in Washington DC. It is a metaphorical response to the quote carved on the monument: “Out of a mountain of sorrow, a stone of hope.”