Multnomah County Library Priorities

Revised May 2020

Multnomah County Library’s mission: Empowering our community to learn and create

Multnomah County Library serves our community based on a set of priorities that change over time and on four pillars that will not change.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic we face profound challenges now and for the foreseeable future. People of color and communities subjected to marginalization are experiencing higher risk and worse outcomes from COVID-19 as a result of systemic inequities. Multnomah County Library will focus library resources on our community’s recovery, starting with those most deeply impacted by the crisis. Equity is at the core of the library’s response, and the priorities below center equity and lived experience. 

Our pillars:

Free access for all
A trusted guide for learning
The leading advocate for reading
A champion for equity and inclusion

Our priorities:

Helping people find work and develop career skills

  • We help people look for work
  • We offer resources to learn new job skills
  • We help people with resumes and applications 

Supporting education and learning for all ages 

  • We support teachers and educators in their work
  • We offer students tools and resources to help virtual and in-person learning
  • We provide tools and help for lifelong learning

Enhancing and diversifying virtual services

  • We will expand digital collections and resources
  • We will increase virtual services in the most spoken languages in our county
  • We will engage more diverse voices and communities online

Technology training, access, and assistance for all 

  • We work to make technology available and useful for those who need it most 
  • We collaborate with partners to provide devices, access and training
  • We amplify the urgency of digital inclusion through advocacy and action

Creating and maintaining safe and healthy spaces

  • We serve people in buildings that are safe and healthy
  • We follow public health guidance and use best practices 
  • We plan for future library spaces that support personal and public health

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