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). 

Young people across Multnomah County will read, learn and earn prizes through Summer Reading 2021

PORTLAND, Ore. — June 16, 2021— Multnomah County Library’s 2021 Summer Reading Program returns, beginning today, when kids can play online using Beanstack or with a paper gameboard, available at any neighborhood library

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

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.

PORTLAND, Ore. — February 17, 2021. Multnomah County Library invites the community to participate in Everybody Reads 2021 celebrating Ross Gay’s The Book of Delights

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. 

Patrons asked to keep library materials at home; no fines or charges will accrue

PORTLAND, Ore. — November 17, 2020. Beginning November 18, Multnomah County Library will pause its current sidewalk holds pickup service to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community. 

New spaces will advance equity and center community input; oversight

PORTLAND, Ore. — November 3, 2020. Multnomah County voters approved Measure 26-211, a capital bond measure to expand and modernize library spaces. 

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

Partnership increases access and reduces barriers to support learning
PORTLAND, Ore. — May 26, 2020. All David Douglas School District K-12 students can now use their school student ID to access Multnomah County Library services, just like a regular library card.

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. 

Shawn Cunningham
Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives Multnomah County Library
Desk: 503.988.3097 | Cell: 503.781.5410

Kate Chester
Director, Public Relations and Community Engagement Portland Community College
Desk: 971.722.8233 | Cell: 503.296.9235


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