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Images highlight future of accessible, destination library for East County community and beyond

PORTLAND, Ore.––Multnomah County Library, Adjaye Associates and Holst Architecture are excited to share four never-before-seen renderings of the new East County Library. As an approximately 95,000-square-foot library, the new building will provide an exciting level of services and programming in a vibrant, diverse location that will be easily accessible for the 40% of Multnomah County residents who live east of I-205. 

Construction will transform Holgate into one of the largest libraries in Multnomah County

PORTLAND, Ore––Multnomah County Library is breaking ground on one of the first of its library building projects: Holgate Library, which will be a brand new, two-story building at the same location. The new library will be triple the size of the current 6,400 square foot space to a total of 21,000 square feet — making it one of the largest libraries in Multnomah County.

Midland Library will close to the public on December 23 to begin move out and prepare for construction 

PORTLAND, Ore.--December 22, 2022

Construction to begin at Holgate and Midland in December, followed by Albina and North Portland in spring 2023

PORTLAND, Ore. — December 1, 2022.

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.

Read, reflect and learn together

PORTLAND, Ore. - September 1, 2022 - Multnomah County Library is excited to announce the Everybody Reads 2023 reading selection, Ruth Ozeki’s award-winning novel A Tale for the Time Being

What:
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.

Architects will bring hyperlocal approach, international acclaim and dynamic community integration to new library

Library’s purchase of Gresham City Hall Park and Ride site would provide East County residents an iconic library and transit-oriented development

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

When: Wednesday, July 6 at 10-10:30 am

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. 

The Library Capital Bond Program Management Office is excited to announce it has selected an architecture firm to support the first Refresh project as part of the bond

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). 

Appointments advance MCL realignment to more contemporary service model

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.

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