Expanded Albina Library

Image
New rendering showing future updated Albina Library exterior along Russell Street

Architects: LEVER Architecture; Noll & Tam Architects
Size and location: Expanding to 30,000 square feet on the existing site
Timeline: Closing for construction March 18, 2023; Scheduled to be complete spring 2025

While Albina Library is closed for construction, Multnomah County libraries will be providing services in our service languages in the areas most affected by lack of access. Find your nearest library location and other service updates.

Get involved

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

Community events will be updated as they are scheduled.

Gifts to The Library Foundation will support an interactive early learning space, a mobile creative learning lab, and a study space for teens at Albina Library.

New features

Albina Library will be renovated and expanded, resulting in 30,000 square feet of space. The library will change and grow along with the community while keeping the historic Carnegie exterior on Knott Street.

Based on input from community members, new features will include:

  • Outdoor courtyard for community members to relax and connect.
  • Large community and meeting rooms.
  • Expanded study spaces.
  • Dedicated teen room with space for technology, homework and creative expression.
  • Updated technology and internet.
  • New art that represents the community.

Get a sneak peek at what Albina Library will look like with this fly-through. The interior color was voted on by you, the community.
 

Image
The palette reflects crisp air and fall colors with warm earth tones and fresh neutrals.
Image
New rendering showing future updated Albina Library entry alongside a new courtyard

Centering the community

Albina Library is located in a historically Black neighborhood. That’s why we centered the Black community, seeking their insights through focus groups, tabling events and one-on-one talks.

We also reached out to other groups in the neighborhood. We heard from the community through public meetings, surveys, workshops and more. The design team hosted paid focus groups with diverse groups, including:

  • Spanish-speaking communities
  • Immigrants and refugees
  • Indigenous communities
  • Disability community

Teens helped shape teen spaces through a paid program called Youth Opportunity Design Approach (YODA). In sessions led by the architects and youth librarians, teens who use Albina and North Portland libraries shared what will make them feel welcome.
 

Image
Members of the youth design group look at design ideas