Main Ohio State Library Ready After Renovation

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- It's "reveal" time for Ohio State University's main library following a three-year, $108.7 million makeover.

Original architectural features of the 1913 William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library have been polished up and complemented with contemporary accents including new skylights, glass walls and a "flying" staircase not attached to any wall.

The library's Grand Reference Hall has been restored to its 2 1/2-story grandeur, as renovation has reversed a 1966 change that split the room into two single-story spaces.

The renovated library, reopening Monday, also has nearly 1,800 seats -- more than double what there used to be -- plus more than 200 computers, wireless internet access, and a cafe.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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