Library Move: Updated timeline

The library will be closed beginning January 17, 2020 in order to move the books, shelving, technology, etc. into the new library building.  The library will reopen the week of February 24.  Every effort will be made to keep our closed time to a minimum.

The Sumpter Branch will be open (23465 Sumpter Rd), and you may visit our neighboring libraries for service.


New Library Construction Update

Brickwork is almost done and windows are being installed in the new main library.  We anticipate opening in late January/early February.  Much needs to be done between now and then, including painting walls, and installing millwork, plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, carpeting, tile, and shelving.  In order to install our computers and move the books from the current library, we will need to close for a few weeks, but we hope to keep this time to a minimum.  I cannot give you an exact date yet, but you are invited be a part of our “Book Brigade,” passing books hand to hand from the old building to the new one.  Stay tuned for the date, because when the final book has been moved, we will open our new doors for service.

Plans are actively underway for the Sumpter Branch, located on the east side of Sumpter Rd. near Dunn Rd (across the street from the Sumpter Township Hall).  Sumpter’s construction manager will have contractors on site beginning in September, and we plan to have the branch media center open in November.  Services at the branch will include:  Computers with internet and Microsoft Office, wireless access, printing, scanning, and faxing as well as the ability to return books and pick up holds.  I look forward to the ribbon cutting ceremony!

Site Plan Approval

The City of Belleville Planning Commission’s Sept. 14th unanimous vote for site plan approval for the new Belleville Area District Library (BADL) building is deeply appreciated by the entire library community.  On behalf of the BADL, I continue to shout HOORAY!  This is not only a big step for the new library process, but also an important expression of partnership within the library district.

The BADL Board, along with our design team of Daniels and Zermack Architects, O’Neal Construction and the Beckett and Raeder engineering firm, continually provides careful consideration of every detail of our overall plan.  That said, the detailed review completed by our partners at the city’s Planning Commission is extremely helpful. The leadership demonstrated by the Commission’s Chair, Steve Jones, and observations contributed by Commission members resulted in useful input to the plan as it currently stands, as well as to the details that remain to be worked out.  The library looks forward to continuing this working partnership with the city on subsequent engineering and permitting reviews and approvals, as the new library design and construction process continues to develop. In the spirit of partnership, the heartfelt joy expressed by Belleville City Manager Diana Kollmeyer over the Commission’s approval action, was very gratifying, indeed.

Equally important to collaboration with the City of Belleville, is the District Library’s partnership with the entire tri-community we serve.  We celebrate our relationship with Sumpter, where plans for the media center satellite are progressing between the library and township officials.  Similarly, Van Buren Township officials continue to express full cooperation, and are exploring ways to utilize their cable TV resources in order to help inform the wider public about new library developments well before groundbreaking takes place next spring.

We are overjoyed to have completed the site plan approval process, with each important step moving us closer to making our tri-community vision a reality for all to enjoy!

Sharon Claytor Peters
Chair, Belleville Area District Library Board