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Bell Works, a multi use office/retail/hotel complex, located in the iconic Bell Labs building, is nearly ready for occupancy. The hard part will be attracting tenants to the 2 million square foot building.Video by Michael Diamond and Bob Bielk

HOLMDEL – Mayor Greg Buontempo envisions Holmdel’s new library in Bell Works as a place so special that residents will bring out of town guests to it as a must-see stop during their visit.

So unique, Buontempo says, that the term “library” alone isn’t enough to describe it.

Buontempo will unveil the new plans for the township’s “Library Learning Center” during a special event at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Bell Works.

“This building represents decades of inventions, innovation and change in technology that have impacted the entire world,” he said. “This building is really a symbol of what helped make America great.”

Holmdel plans to thread that history throughout the new facility, which will replace the library the township now has in the basement of town hall, Buontempo said.

It will be called the Library Learning Center to signify that patrons will have available to them both traditional library services as well as a way to understand the accomplishments that occurred in the building, which was once the research headquarters for Bell Laboratories, Lucent and Alcatel-Lucent.

Somerset Development bought the 2-million-square-foot facility in 2013 and is redeveloping it into a “live-work-play” center. Officials for Somerset and Holmdel agreed to house the township’s library in Bell Works during discussions about the redevelopment plan for the center.

Somerset is also donating $1 million toward the library’s construction costs.

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