There are constant failures — big and small — in critical library building systems (vintage 1965). These failures have already led to multiple library closures and could have disastrous consequences for the resources inside. The problems with the building cannot wait any longer.
At a cost of tens of millions, repairing the old building is not a responsible option.
We are excited to announce that the Belmont Library Building Project has received an historic $2 million grant intention from the Belmont Savings Bank Foundation, bringing fundraising for a new library building to a milestone moment – $5 million and counting.
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The new library building is designed to meet the programmatic needs as defined through a public process during the feasibility study. The design includes:
A two-story building with a ground-level accessible main entry from Concord Avenue
A main area adjacent to the main entry with open sightlines, a circulation desk, and a main staircase that can be used to gather, read, and host programs and events
An expanded Children’s Room, which also includes a dedicated storytime/project room and plentiful stroller parking
A dedicated Young Adult area for teens and tweens to study and hang out
A second floor with ample flexible spaces for books and printed materials, various seating options (e.g. tables and chairs, laptop bar, soft seating), quiet individual study areas, and group collaboration rooms
Dedicated spaces such as a maker space, technology room, digital media lab, Belmont History wing, and outdoor areas for classes and events
A community room with after-hours access that can be used for meetings, concerts, and events
A sustainable, energy-efficient approach including an all-electrical building, rooftop solar, daylighting, and a highly insulated building envelope
Failures in the building systems (electrical, HVAC, and plumbing for example) have already led to multiple library closures. At a cost of tens of millions, repairing the old building is not a responsible option.
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The Belmont Library Foundation is a Massachusetts 501(C)(3) private foundation formed to undertake fundraising activities for the Belmont Public Library, with its current priority to support the construction of a new building.