All Multnomah County libraries to open at noon May 16

PORTLAND, Ore. — April 29, 2019 — Beginning on at 5 pm on May 12 and through May 15, Multnomah County Library will upgrade the software that powers the library catalog, manages patron accounts and tracks library materials. The new software will provide improved email and phone notifications and better self-checkout stations. To ensure a smooth upgrade, all libraries will open at noon on May 16.

Local author’s work transforms from draft to e-book to printed edition with Library Writers Project 

PORTLAND, Ore. — April 16, 2019 — For the first time, Multnomah County Library and Ooligan Press have worked together to bring a Portland author’s novel to the printed page. The Gifts We Keep by Katie Grindeland was first added to the library’s collection as an e-book as part of the Library Writers Project in 2016.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Jan. 9, 2018 — , Multnomah County Library’s 17th annual community reading project Everybody Reads 2019 begins this week with the distribution of free copies of Americanah (for adults) and We Should All Be Feminists (for high school students) by award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Grant-funded effort seeks to eliminate barriers to access and opportunity with community input

PORTLAND, Ore. — December 6, 2018 — Multnomah County Library will begin a new two-year initiative funded in part by a grant from Meyer Memorial Trust to better serve and support African and African American families. 

Multnomah County Library and Ooligan Press partner to print The Gifts We Keep in 2019

Beginning today, Multnomah County Library is accepting e-book submissions from local authors for inclusion in the library’s collection. In addition, the library is partnering with Ooligan Press to publish “The Gifts We Keep” by Portland author and past Library Writers Project contributor Katie Grindeland.

With Kanopy, Multnomah County library patrons can access more than 30,000 films, for free

Acclaimed author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists to speak in Portland March 14 Next January, Multnomah County Library will launch Everybody Reads 2019, the library’s 17th annual community reading project, with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah (for adults) and We Should All Be Feminists (for high school students). 

New online collection offers 123 albums of local independent music to stream and download

Multnomah County Library has launched the Library Music Project, a new collection of more than 100 albums available to stream and download at Listeners can stream music from anywhere, and those with a Multnomah County Library card can sign in to download or make playlists.

Local partners advance efforts to reduce barriers to participation in a connected world

PORTLAND, Ore. — May 7, 2018 — On May 10, Multnomah County Library will join with the City of Portland and other partners for a Digital Inclusion Summit to share insights, identify knowledge gaps and to continue collaborative efforts to achieve digital equity.

One of the country’s best public libraries is debuting on the local music scene — Multnomah County Library is inviting submissions from local musicians for a new online streaming music collection.
Multnomah County Library (MCL) has finalized a contract with SirsiDynix to implement the company’s Symphony integrated library system (ILS). The ILS comprises the backbone of a library's technology environment, tying together transactions and data about patron checkouts and holds, ordering and cataloging new materials and it powers what patrons see on the library's website.
Multnomah County Library’s Everybody Reads 2018, the library’s 16th annual community reading project, begins today with the distribution of thousands of copies of Moshin Hamid’s Exit West.
Next February, Multnomah County Library will launch Everybody Reads 2018, the library’s 16th annual community reading project, with Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West.
Multnomah County Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Program begins Friday, June 16, when kids of all ages can sign up at any neighborhood library.
After conducting a national recruitment, Multnomah County Library Director Vailey Oehlke has named Terrilyn Chun as the library’s next deputy director. Chun, a 28-year Multnomah County Library staff member and Portland native, currently heads the division that coordinates public programs and outreach to older adults and vulnerable community members.
In the interest of public safety, Multnomah County Library must remove two stately American Elm trees in front of Central Library, at 801 SW 10th Ave. The City of Portland determined the trees to be “dying” and “dangerous” and ordered their removal after a winter weather event in January resulted in the failure of a primary limb on one of the trees.

PORTLAND, Ore. — July 28, 2016 — Next January, Multnomah County Library will launch Everybody Reads 2017, the library’s 15th annual community reading project, with Matthew Desmond’s Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.

PORTLAND, Ore. — June 7, 2016 — Multnomah County Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program begins Friday, June 17, when kids of all ages can sign up at any neighborhood library.

What: Grand Opening for STEAM-focused addition to Rockwood Library

Who: United States Senator Ron Wyden, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel, Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke, project partners, library patrons, community members.

When: 11 am, Saturday, April 2, 2016

Where: Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97233

PORTLAND, Ore. — March 17, 2016 — Portland loves craft brewing, and now our library reflects that passion. Portland Brew Stories is a unique partnership between Multnomah County Library and local breweries to build a collection that represents our culture, history and passion for beer in our community.


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