Bellevue Avenue Branch of the Montclair Public Library | Upper Montclair, New Jersey

January 21, 2022


The Bellevue Avenue Branch Is A Carnegie Library


The Montclair Public Library - Bellevue Avenue Branch in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, USA is a Carnegie Library.


A Carnegie library is a library built with money donated by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.


I took photos from the front, back, and the interior of the building.


Previously on the Montclair Public Library website:

The Bellevue Avenue Branch 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. Many have called the branch building a gem—a treasure which celebrated its centennial in 2014.


Photos Of The Bellevue Avenue Branch


You can see in these photos how lovingly the Bellevue Avenue Branch Library was built and is being maintained:



There is a quote from Isaac Barrow above the door:


He that ever loveth a book will never want a faithful friend - a wholesome counsellor - a cheerful companion - an effectual comforter 



The back of the library:



The interior of the library: 


library interior
library interior


More Reading About Libraries


For more about the Montclair Libary, read about their Mad Librarians!


If you love libraries, I have written about the 125th Avenue of the New York Public Library and about the New York Library lions, Patience and Fortitude.


You can also read about Carnegie Libraries in New Jersey.


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