Building libraries together

Great libraries. Great communities. Building for the future. 

New Midland Library

Thanks to the support of voters, Multnomah County Library is hard at work on a major transformation. New spaces will replace cramped buildings and help the library change and grow along with the community. The library will upgrade computers and technology in every location. 

Community engagement

Community input is shaping the design for library spaces. Thanks to feedback from members of the community, many libraries will have new features, such as:

  • Art that represents diverse cultures.
  • Large play and learning spaces for children. 
  • Teen rooms with space for technology, homework and creative expression.
  • New and expanded spaces for meeting and gathering.

Learn about how community engagement has guided all the projects.

Get involved

What do you want your library to look like? Join in these upcoming community events and let’s build these libraries together.

St. Johns Library Art Workshop at St. Johns Art Walk

Saturday, August 3: 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm

St. Johns Library is expanding for the community! Multnomah County Library, along with Bora Architects and Convergence Architecture, will be hosting art workshops at the St. Johns Art Walk on Saturday, August 3 at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:00pm. Join us at the St. Johns Plaza to make your own block prints that will inspire the designs in the future ceiling installation at St. Johns Library.

Join Us for a Community Collage Workshop in the Fall!

The Belmont Library building project team will be hosting a community art workshop in the fall. Participants will create paper collages that will serve as inspiration for an abstract art piece in the new future lobby of Belmont Library.

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Gifts to The Library Foundation will support enhancements to spaces for children and teens.


Features at your new libraries

New buildings

Renovated and expanded spaces

Refresh projects

  • Central Library: New restrooms, carpet, paint, furniture, comfortable seating, power outlets, teen space, meeting space
  • 10 more libraries receiving important upgrades (scheduled to be complete fall 2025)

Upgrades for better, faster service

  • Gigabit speed internet to all libraries (scheduled to be complete fall of 2025)
  • Operations Center: a new, efficient materials-handling facility (opened January 2024)