Our library needs a new home — and YOU can help make it happen!

SPRING FORWARD FUNDRAISER

May 1 – June 15, 2022

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All donors will be recognized on the new building’s donor wall

JOIN YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS ON THE “WALL FOR ALL”

**Additional recognition and sponsorship opportunities available for donations of $5,000 or more.
Email us at contact@belmontlibraryfoundation.org to receive additional information.

**Donations of $1,000 or greater can be made in the form of a pledge and can be paid over 2 years.

Preview the new Belmont Public Library design:

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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

The existing library building is failing and urgently needs to be replaced:

There are constant failures — big and small — in critical library building systems. 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.

This video, presented at the joint meeting of the Select Board and Library Trustees on October 4, 2021, gives a seven minute overview of the multiple ways the current library building is failing and why it urgently needs to be replaced.  You can watch the video in its entirety on YouTube here and on the Belmont Media Center here.

Learn more about the Library Project:

Save the Date: The Library Building Project Public Forum #7 will be held on June 9th to give members of the public an overview of the project, its history, and the new library building design.

You can also read more about the project and the Belmont Library:

Learn about the New Library Building and the Design Process

View the New Belmont Public Library Building

Our Library is an essential part of our community.  See the new building design that creates a dynamic community space that matches the energy of the activities inside.

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See the Video about Why the Building Needs to be Replaced

The Building is Failing ... it's Urgent

The seven minute video gives an overview of the multiple ways the current building is failing. Hear from Town and Library leaders why the building urgently needs to be replaced.  Click the link below to watch the video on the Belmont Public Media website.

Watch the Video

The Existing Building is Failing

What's wrong with the library building?

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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High Demand for Belmont Public Library Resources + Programs

Belmont Public Library is 10th highest circulating library in Massachusetts

Our library is a highly valued and utilized resource in our community.

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Donate Today

Questions?  Please contact the Belmont Library Foundation via email at contact@belmontlibraryfoundation.org or by phone at 617-804-5929.  Thank you!