Bentleyville Community Center Building Project update

The Bentworth Community Center Building Project is a comprehensive plan to renovate and enlarge the building that houses the Bentleyville Public Library, the Bentworth Senior Center, and the Bentleyville Area Historical Society. The building is owned by the Bentleyville Public Library and is administered by the library’s board of trustees.

The capital campaign for the building project was kicked-off last June. As of March 1, the campaign has secured approximately $1,050,000 for construction related expenses. Half of this money is from grants. The other half is from donations and pledges received from individuals, organizations, businesses, local municipalities.

While the capital campaign will continue to solicit donations and pursue available grants, the library’s board of trustees has asked its architect to develop a plan to complete the building project in two separate and distinct phases. A phased construction plan is necessary because of time constraints contained in two grants that have been secured for the project.

The first phase, to begin this fall, will include the complete renovation of the current building and the addition of a new front lobby with an elevator that will provide accessibility between the two floors of the building. The renovated building can be utilized with or without the completion of the second phase.

The second phase of the project will feature a significant addition to the front of the building. The addition will provide much needed space for the library, the senior center, and the historical society. The second phase will be initiated when additional funding is secured.

The plans will be shared with the community after they are reviewed and approved by the library’s Board of Trustees. The Bentworth Community Center serves residents of Bentleyville, Cokeburg, and Ellsworth boroughs and North Bethlehem and Somerset townships. FMI about the  project and gift giving opportunities, visit