The Bellevue Avenue Library officially opened its doors on December 7, 1914, after fifteen years of using a rented room in the real estate office of John Mancini on Bellevue Avenue. This building, partially financed with a $40,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation, endures with the same architectural design despite a major renovation nearly three decades ago.
Designed by F.A. Nelson, the architect of the Upper Montclair Women’s Club, Post Office and other prominent buildings in town, the library is on the National Register of Historic Places. The register notes “its temple-like austerity and diminutive size,” and its classical architecture embellishment. Many have called the branch building a gem—a treasure preparing to celebrate its centennial this year.
For hours and directions to the Bellevue Avenue Branch, click here.