Library Building Project

In 2016, the Town commissioned a library feasibility study at the request of the Library Trustees. The feasibility study concluded that a new library building would most effectively meet the Town’s library needs, as the current building is a poor candidate for renovation. In 2017, the appointment of a Library Building Committee was authorized by Town Meeting.

The Library Building Committee spent two years evaluating the current library’s building infrastructure and usage data, interviewing library staff and patrons, conducting wide-reaching community surveys, facilitating focus groups, meeting with community members, town organizations and other key stakeholders, and holding multiple community forums.

On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, the Library Building Committee and architects from Oudens Ello Architecture presented final schematic designs at a community meeting in the Assembly Room of the Belmont Public Library. These designs reflect extensive research, feedback, and input and exemplify a library that will meet the needs of Belmont residents for years to come.

After a pause during the first year of the Covid-19 Pandemic, we continued the effort to advocate for the need of this project, and worked with the Library Foundation on a very successful fundraising drive in the Fall of 2021. On October 4th, 2021 the Selectboard committed to a community wide vote in November of 2022, and we began plans for a 2nd fundraising drive which took place in the spring of 2022. This was also very successful.

As we get closer and closer to the November vote, our need has never been greater. After 20 years of efforts, we feel now is the time for this project. Please join us in our efforts to continue offering the best Library program possible.

Current Building Project Updated Documents

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About the Belmont Public Library Building Project

2017-2021 Schematic Design Archive

The documents below represent the process of developing the building design and budget over a period of years. While they are accurate to the facts at the time, they are now outdated information. For the latest design documents, and cost figures, please scroll up to the Current Building Projects Area

November 2019 Open Public Forum #6 Video Recording

Other Building Committee Documents

Feasibility Study Documents

Feasibility Study Meetings

Previous Building Projects Documentation

Building Committee Members

Name Title  Street Address Email Address Appointed
Clair Colburn Chair 34 Centre Ave [email protected] January 2018
Stephen Sala Secretary 20 School Street [email protected] January 2018
Sally Martin Treasurer 29 Oak Street [email protected] January 2018
Christina Marsh Committee Member 218 Orchard St. [email protected] November 2022
Marcie Shorr Hirsch Committee Member

64 Old Middlesex Rd.

[email protected] January 2018
Robert McLaughlin Committee Member 81 Wellesley Road [email protected] January 2018
Kathy Keohane Committee Member 19 Rutledge Road [email protected] January 2018
Heli Tomford Committee Member 72 Pinehurst Road [email protected] January 2018
Steve Engler Committee Member 65 Bay State Road [email protected] January 2018

Robert Schafer

Committee Member 161 Lewis Road [email protected]

January 2018

Marty Bitner

Committee Member 207 Claflin Street [email protected] May 2022
Peter Struzziero Ex Officio Belmont Public Library [email protected]           N/A

Do you have questions about our process to design the new library? Would you like to give feedback, or get involved? Please feel encouraged to fill out the form below, and we’ll be happy to hear from you or answer any questions you might have.

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