In 2016 the Town commissioned a feasibility study to evaluate how to address the ongoing needs of our library. The study evaluated renovating the existing building, renovating the existing building with an addition, and building a new library on the site of the existing library. It was determined that building a new building on the existing site best met the needs of the Town of Belmont.
At the end of 2017 the Library Building Committee was appointed by Town Moderator Mike Widmer to begin design for this new library building. In 2018 the Building Committee worked to hire Daedalus Projects, Inc as the Owners Project Manager and Oudens Ello Architecture as the Architect. In 2019, the Building Committee conducted the Schematic Design, which is the first phase of building design. This process included a series of public forums to invite the community’s thoughts and feedback on the new library. The final Schematic Design was presented at the Public Forum on November 12 . The slides of that presentation can be found here on the building project website. The Executive Summary of the Schematic Design process and Zero Net Energy Study further describe the project.
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 sight lines, circulation desk, and main staircase that can be used to gather, read, and host programs and events
- An expanded Children’s Room which also includes a dedicated story time / project room, plentiful stroller parking, and a controlled outdoor area
- A dedicated Young Adult’s area for teens and tweens to study and hang out
- A second floor with 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
Scroll down to see further renderings, plans, and images of the Schematic Design of the Belmont Public Library. Information regarding the work of the Library Building Committee, and its members and meetings, can be found here on the Belmont Public Library website.