Voters say yes to improved library spaces!
Multnomah County voters approved Measure 26-211, a capital bond measure to expand and modernize library spaces and balance library services more fairly across Multnomah County.
“Thank you, Multnomah County voters, for expressing your trust and confidence in Multnomah County Library! Thanks to you, our community will enjoy larger and more equitable library spaces for generations to come. Your library system will get right to work to create these new spaces with and for the community.” - Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke.
The measure will fund the following projects:
- Enlarge and update seven branch libraries, including Albina Library, Belmont Library, Holgate Library, Midland Library, North Portland Library, Northwest Library and St. Johns Library.
- Build a library in East Multnomah County, similar in size to Central Library in downtown Portland. This would be the first proposed public project, planned to open in early 2025.
- Add gigabit speed internet to all libraries.
- Create a central materials handling and distribution center to increase efficiency and cost effectiveness.
The plan will increase total space in the current set of cramped library buildings by about 50%, bringing Multnomah County residents closer to the amount and types of library spaces other communities enjoy. Each new library project will begin with a robust community engagement and input process to determine design and features. The East County Flagship will begin as the first public project. The measure includes audits and public oversight. Planning and community input begins immediately.
Information on the projects
- Library Bond FAQ
- Bond executive summary
- Project descriptions
- Bond project map
- Project sequence
- Framework for Future Library Spaces