Belleville Public Library - Belleville, Illinois
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N 38° 30.768 W 089° 58.895
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The Belleville Public Library is housed in the Carnegie Library Building in Belleville, Illinois.
Waymark Code: WM23NG
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 08/29/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 103

The Belleville Public Library is the oldest subscription library in the State of Illinois. Belleville, a community with a strong German heritage, owes this distinction to a group of educated German immigrants known as the "Latin Farmers". On June 26, 1836, they pooled their books and housed them in a place easily accessible to the public. The German Library Society of St. Clair County was organized. As to be expected, much of the original collection of 346 volumes is in German. At a City Council meeting on February 5, 1883, the decision was made to acquire the holdings of the Saengerbund and Library Society's collection of 6,000 volumes. Along with that decision came the establishment of a tax of one mill (1/10 of a cent) on the dollar to support the library.

The Library is housed in a Carnegie library building dedicated on January 20, 1916, which is located at 121 E. Washington St.

Address of Library Building:
121 E. Washington St
Belleville, IL USA

Current Use of Building: Belleville Public Library

Year Built (optional): 1916

Website about building: Not listed

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