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Bellwood Public Library Releases Renderings Of New Look


An architectural rendering of what the main floor of the Bellwood Public Library will likely look like after renovations are done later this year. | Provided 

Thursday, August 4, 2022 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

The Bellwood Public Library, 600 Bohland Ave., will have a completely different look after a $2.5 million capital campaign is completed.

The library will be closed Aug. 10 through Aug. 30 for asbestos abatement work that will take place ahead of construction.

When the library reopens on Aug. 31, operations will be confined to the lower level as construction on the main level happens. That’s anticipated to take about three months, said Bellwood Library Executive Director Amy Crump. She said actual construction will start in early September.

An architectural rendering of what the main floor of the Bellwood Public Library will likely look like after renovations are done later this year. | Provided 

“That’s just the first phase,” she said. “Then, we’ll do the same thing all over again, except we’ll move upstairs into the renovated area. We’ll have to be closed again for a short time, because they’ll need to do asbestos abatement on the lower level. But that won’t take three weeks.”

Crump said the library renovations will include the installation of a handicap-accessible bathroom on the main level, new handicap-accessible shelving, the construction of additional office space and a new service desk, among other changes.

An architectural rendering of what the Bellwood Public Library will likely look like after renovations are done later this year. | Provided 

This is the first major renovation that the library has undergone in its history, Crump said. The work is part of a strategic plan that the library board approved in 2019. The plan runs through December 2023.

“One of the biggest things to come out of that plan was the need for renovation,” she said. “We did community focus groups, as part of putting the plan together and one thing that came out was that, since the library hasn’t had major work done since it was built, people thought it was time to have a building that reflects the times we’re in.”

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