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.
Community centered approach will phase in services over time
PORTLAND, Ore. — April 15, 2021. Multnomah County Library will reopen Capitol Hill, Gresham, Holgate, Kenton and Midland libraries for some in-building services on June 1. Planning is underway to restore access at other locations in phases.
PORTLAND, Ore. — March 1, 2021. Multnomah County Library is now accepting submissions for its sixth year of the Library Writers Project. This year’s program expands eligible submission types to include a broader range of diverse voices and subjects.
The Library Writers Project showcases and supports local writers and bolsters the library’s collection of self-published e-book titles. Beginning today and continuing through April 30, 2021, authors who hold a Multnomah County Library card may submit original works for consideration.
Acclaimed author and poet to present virtual lecture on April 8
PORTLAND, Ore. — January 19, 2021 — Multnomah County Library will launch its 19th annual community reading project Everybody Reads with acclaimed author and poet Ross Gay and his collection of essays, The Book of Delights.
Book returns open, free wireless printing available
PORTLAND, Ore. — December 14, 2020. Multnomah County Library patrons may place items on hold and schedule check-out appointments. Patrons will be notified when items are ready and can then schedule pickup appointments online or by phone.
Workforce reduction concludes, new County placements identified for 26 affected employees, all youth librarian positions retained
PORTLAND, Ore. — September 2, 2020. Multnomah County Library announces that no union-represented library employees will be without jobs at the conclusion of its workforce adjustment process on September 30.
Following library branch closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Multnomah County and AFSCME Local 88 conducted a collaborative process to match staffing levels and priorities to current community needs.
New practice restores access to the library; clears fine debt from nearly 73,000 patron accounts
PORTLAND, Ore. — July 1, 2020. Multnomah County Library will permanently stop charging late fines on all library materials, clear all existing fines and restore access to accounts blocked because of fines, effective immediately. Patrons will continue to be billed for unreturned materials.
Begins no-contact sidewalk service at four locations, announces stages for expanded service, Albina Library relocation
PORTLAND, Ore. — June 1, 2020. Multnomah County Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke announced today that Multnomah County Library will begin no-contact “sidewalk service” at four locations and a sharpened focus on service to help the community recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Continuing updates to library service and answers to common questions will be posted at multcolib.org/covid19.
Book return available on-site while work is completed
PORTLAND, Ore. — February 20 — Midland Library will be closed from Sunday, March 1 through Sunday, March 15 for renovations, including upgrades to install materials handling equipment that will help process items and fulfill holds more quickly and efficiently. The library will reopen at 10 am on Monday, March 16.
PORTLAND, Ore. — January 2, 2020. Multnomah County Library invites the community to participate in Everybody Reads 2020, featuring Tommy Orange’s debut novel about the urban Native experience, There There.
Free copies of There There are available to pick up at all library locations without a library card (while supplies last), or download the e-book or audiobook from the library catalog. The library encourages readers to discuss the book, and share their copies with friends, coworkers and neighbors.
Portlanders object to limitations more than in any other city
PORTLAND, Ore. — October 16, 2019 — After Macmillan Publishers shared plans to restrict e-book access to a single copy for libraries during the first eight-weeks of publication beginning in November, people across North America rose up to object to the move.