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Village of Belleville Public Library and Community Center

Belleville, WI
Services: New construction
Architect: FEH Design - Dubuque, IA

The next chapter in the Belleville Library and Community Center’s 140-year history begins in a new building anchoring the village’s historic downtown district

National Construction built a 13,805 square foot library and community center for the Village of Belleville on its former Landmark mill site and an adjoining residential lot on S. Park Street. The new facility includes a community room, kitchen, training room, large gathering space for preschoolers through teens, quiet area for reading, makerspace, study rooms and public computers. Meeting and training space is also available for community group and business use.

13,805 square foot library and community center
Entrance
Displays and circulation desk
Booth seating and study room
Makerspace
Entrance to the children's library
Study and reading space
Children's activity and reading space

Additional features of the new library and community center include:

The expanded space will enable the library to offer additional programming for all ages. The new building was designed to meet the needs of the community of Belleville and its neighboring townships of Exeter, Brooklyn, New Glarus, Primrose, and Montrose, for years to come.

Years of planning and COVID-19 pandemic impact

The former library was built in 1979 and could not accommodate the community’s needs. After the library conducted a strategic planning survey in 2015, The Village of Belleville launched its “It Takes a Village” capital campaign in November 2016. Generous funds raised and a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development loan made the project possible.

Construction was completed throughout the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Project milestones were marked in a socially distant manner, with a groundbreaking in April 2020 and a ribbon cutting in March 2021.

Belleville Library & Community Center Groundbreaking
Belleville Library & Community Center Ribbon Cutting

The building’s design and technology assisted with the capacity limits of its phased opening; visitors could check a monitor in the front lobby to ensure adequate social distancing and see most of the facility from the central hallway and circulation desk. The library created a video tour for those unable to visit and had shared photos throughout construction on its website.

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