New Central Library terrace offers outdoor space; exciting amenities on the way for Holgate and Midland communities
PORTLAND, Ore. — Oct. 27, 2022. New libraries are on their way in Multnomah County! Central Library will reopen to the public on November 1 after undergoing important upgrades to make a better building for patrons and readying for future projects. Holgate and Midland libraries are preparing for dramatic rebuilding and expansion.
Since July, Central Library construction crews have been hard at work to:
Lewis brings deep institutional experience at a time of evolution and expansion
PORTLAND, Ore. — Sept 22, 2022. Multnomah County Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke selected Annie Lewis to serve as the library’s next deputy director after a nationwide recruitment. She will begin this role on October 1.
On the first day of school in Portland, join Multnomah County Library leadership, staff, youth, project partner and award-winning artist Esperanza Spalding to learn how beats, poetry and music support literacy at Donald E. Long Detention Center and preview other possible resources and offerings through the library’s space planning and expansion program.
Building is first of the bond projects, will serve as beating heart for library services
PORTLAND, Ore––Multnomah County Library is breaking ground on the first of its bond projects: the Operations Center in East Portland, located at the southwest corner of 122nd Ave. and Glisan St. on the site of a former Safeway grocery store (221 NE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97230).
What: Operations Center groundbreaking ceremony as part of Multnomah County Library Capital Bond Projects, brief remarks and photo opportunity
Exterior terrace project will create new outdoor public space
PORTLAND, Ore. — June 21, 2022 — Central Library will be closed to the public Aug. 1 - Nov.1, 2022 to undergo major improvements. During that time, crews will undertake a series of projects that will create new outdoor public spaces, enhance access to the building and refresh and expand restroom amenities. Access to the building’s eastern sidewalk and street parking will be limited beginning this month.
PORTLAND, Ore. — March 22, 2022 — Woodstock Library will be closed today, March 22, 2022 following an incident yesterday evening involving a person experiencing an apparent mental health crisis while in possession of weapons. Portland Police responded to the incident and the person left in the care of paramedics. No patrons or library staff members were injured.
PORTLAND, Ore. — March 5, 2022 — Central Library will be closed for the remainder of today, March 5, 2022 following an incident of violence between two library patrons. Earlier today, one patron stabbed another patron in an elevator. The victim received medical attention and no library staff members were injured.
The Portland Police Bureau is investigating the incident and Multnomah County Library is cooperating fully with the investigation.
Location will help library move towards permanent spaces, expedite other bond projects
Portland, Ore.--The Multnomah County Library Capital Bond Program Management Office is pleased to announce, after a thoughtful, strategic process, a location has been finalized for a new Northwest Library on NW Pettygrove St. (the street address is 2030 NW Pettygrove St., Portland, OR 97209).
Building will serve as beating heart for library services, pave way for additional bond projects
Portland, Ore.--The Multnomah County Library Capital Bond Project Team is pleased to announce, after considering several locations for the new Operations Center through a thoughtful, strategic process, a location has been finalized in East Portland at the southwest corner of 122nd Ave. and Glisan St. on the site of a former Safeway grocery store (the official address is 221 NE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97230).
PORTLAND, Ore. — September 16, 2021 — Multnomah County Library has selected the graphic memoir Good Talk: A memoir in conversations by author and illustrator Mira Jacob as its 2022 Everybody Reads title.
Building designs will be guided by community engagement, equity and Design Justice
PORTLAND, Ore.--After a multiphase request for proposals facilitated by Multnomah County’s Procurement team, the Library Capital Bond Program Management Office is excited to announce two architecture teams have been selected to design the first four public location bond projects (of nine approved by voters in November 2020), with an intentional focus on community organizing and engagement.
PORTLAND, Ore. — July 12, 2021. Beginning tomorrow, more libraries in Multnomah County will reopen every week to expand public access to library materials and basic services. Currently, Capitol Hill, Gregory Heights, Gresham, Holgate, Kenton, Midland, Rockwood and Woodstock libraries are open (see Director’s message: Ready to Reopen).
PORTLAND, Ore. — June 1, 2021. Today, Capitol Hill, Gresham, Holgate, Kenton and Midland libraries open their doors to welcome patrons back for the first time since March of 2020.
This represents the first step in a limited and phased reopening of library spaces after indoor closures due to COVID-19. Library users can find hours, services, time limits and more at multcolib.org/planyourvisit.
Portland Public Schools is the latest of five school district partners to join Library Connect
PORTLAND, Ore. — May 21, 2021. Beginning this week, all Portland Public Schools students, along with those in four other Multnomah County school districts, can use their school student ID to access Multnomah County Library services, just like a regular library card. Students in Centennial, David Douglas, Gresham-Barlow, and Parkrose school districts are also eligible under the program, called Library Connect.