Through a new and renewed library for the King-Lincoln Bronzeville community, we’ll create a space where our community will dream, innovate, learn, share, connect and grow.
We reached our goal!

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We’re building a new Martin Luther King Branch

Generous community support has been instrumental in helping us create a community centerpiece – not just a building – that will inspire and transform lives, enhance our cultural and educational environment, and ensure knowledge and opportunities are available to all for generations to come.

What we hope to achieve

Columbus Metropolitan Library is dedicated to opening a new Martin Luther King Branch that will connect children, teens, adults and families throughout the community with the resources they need to build successful lives.

The new building will have:

• Approximately 18,000 square feet of space (current: nearly 9,000 square feet)
• A larger Children’s Area that offers resources and activities for kids, caregivers and educators
• A dedicated Ready for Kindergarten Area that will incorporate books, technology and media to encourage interactive learning and help prepare kids for kindergarten
• A larger Homework Help Center to address the growing need for after-school homework help for students from kindergarten to 12th grade
• Services for teens and adults seeking to improve their lives through literacy, educational attainment, exposure to educational resources, college readiness/success, job seeking and skill development, and technology training
• More gathering spaces to give community members, associations and businesses places to meet and plan for the future success of our neighborhoods

Martin Luther King Branch Advisory Committee

The Foundation is grateful to our generous supporters in the King-Lincoln Bronzeville community who have stepped up to champion this initiative. We thank the following individuals for their leadership on the Martin Luther King Branch Advisory Committee.

• Lela Boykin
• Erika Clark Jones
• Tom Dillard
• Sandra Jamison
• Michael Lawson

• Fred Ransier
• Reita Smith
• Bettye Stull
• Catherine Willis
• Ernest Wood, Jr.

How You Can Help

For more information on ways that you can help support Columbus Metropolitan Library's new Martin Luther King Branch, please contact the Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation Development team.


"Thanks to the four women who raised me, I developed a love of books and reading when I was about four. We didn’t have a lot of money, so we couldn’t afford to buy books. But, when I was six years old, my mother did the next best thing. She took me to the old Long Street Library and signed me up for a library card. Every couple of weeks or so, she would take me to that library and let me pick out books that I would devour when we got home … fairy tales, Nancy Drew mysteries, Bible stories. In the summer, Mom signed me up for the summer reading programs. I quickly learned that books were my window to a world that I could (would) someday get to see. Books were my key to learning and that learning was my pathway to success. And it all started at the old Long Street Library."

Angela Pace - Director of Community Affairs, WBNS-10TV