Great libraries are more than just a home for books; they are community centers that reflect the unique needs of the people they serve. To ensure Columbus Metropolitan Library continues to serve our community well into the future, it must revitalize and transform branches to meet the demands of the 21st century community.

We have embarked on an ambitious plan to revitalize seven urban branches and two suburban branches, and make transformational changes to our Main Library. Through these new and renewed libraries, we will create spaces where our community will dream, innovate, learn, share, connect and grow.

The cost of our vision is $130 million. We are seeking $21.5 million through private philanthropy.

To date, we have raised over $19.9 million toward our private philanthropy goal.

Through this campaign we will create inspirational spaces in our most challenged communities where we will help prepare kids for kindergarten, cultivate a passion for reading in the young, empower discovery and creativity in our teens, provide the books and resources for adults trying to improve their lives, ensure access to technology to those without, and so much more.

Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation Leadership

John Behal, Behal Sampson Dietz
Adam Brandt, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Melanie DeAscentis, Community Volunteer
Barbara Derrow, Community Volunteer
Elfi Di Bella, YWCA
DeeDee Glimcher, Community Volunteer
Jennifer Hadden, FOL Board Past President
Cindy Hilsheimer, BeecherHill
Patrick Losinski, Columbus Metropolitan Library
Jordan Miller, Fifth Third Bank
Jonathan Ramsden, Community Volunteer
Lynne Redgrave, Community Volunteer
Rick Schwieterman, Community Volunteer
Roger Sugarman, Kegler, Brown, Hill and Ritter, LLP

Campaign Steering Committee

Front Row: Charlotte Kessler, Corde Robinson, Vicki Linville Back Row: Tom Katzenmeyer, Don Gorman, John Lowe, Roger Sugarman, Mark Ryan, Jonathan Lucas Not Pictured: Cindy Hilsheimer

Front Row: Charlotte Kessler, Corde Robinson, Vicki Linville
Back Row: Tom Katzenmeyer, Don Gorman, John Lowe, Roger Sugarman, Mark Ryan, Jonathan Lucas
Not Pictured: Cindy Hilsheimer