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Library History

Read how this library was established and how it has evolved to become such an important part of our community.

The town of Bellevue  was founded in 1835 by John Bell who owned the land.  It was named Belleview because of the beautiful Mississippi river view.  Later the spelling was changed to Bellevue.  By 1940, when the first federal census was taken, Bellevue had a population of 1411.  The population today is 2,350.

Bellevue is proud to have a city library which was established in 1925.  The idea was first discussed by the women of P.E.O. in 1924 who believed that the growing town needed a library for the betterment of the community.  Books were purchased from money raised locally and donations from townspeople.

The library continued to add more items and continued to outgrow the original room in the First National Bank building.  It was later moved to the first floor of the old Kranz building.  In 1959 the library moved to the large room at the west end of the city hall building.  The library board and the library fundraising committee raised the money to undertake an addition and remodel of the old city hall building in 1985-87.  Marian Meyer was the library director at that time and continues today in that position.  Two assistant librarians are Sheila Bragg and Tish Jackson, also Children's Librarian.

The library has always kept pace with the new formats and programming.  Audio cassettes with books and video cassettes have been added abd today the library offers books on CD, music CDs, DVDs, computer software and, of course, the classics and best selling books. The library has 5 public access computer stations, 3 computer stations in the children's room, and three more computers in the teen area.  The staff has grown over the years and is now made up of 1 full-time and 2 part-time workers.


The library has has an expanding genealogy area with a new reader printer and microfilm of all the local papers and census data.

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This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.