New East County Library

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East County Library concept design shows the entry plaza at NW Division St and NW Ava St

Architects: Holst Architecture; Adjaye Associates (past partner)
Size and location: A new library similar in size to Central Library (around 95,000 square feet) on a new site in East County (1297 NW Eastman Pkwy, Gresham)
Timeline: Planning for design is underway into 2023; construction will likely begin in early 2024; scheduled to be complete spring 2026

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.

Help shape the teen space at the new East County Library! Vote for your favorite design

A new library is coming to Gresham, and the building project team wants to hear from youth and teens in East County again! The new East County Library will be the size of two football fields. It will include a dedicated teen space, a makerspace, an audio/visual studio, and a large auditorium. But we need to know: what colors should be in the teen space?

Vote for your favorite design online from Tuesday, February 20 - Tuesday, March 5.  Or, vote in person at:

Public:

  • Gresham Library - Teen Lounge: 385 NW Miller Avenue, Gresham, OR 97030
  • Rockwood Library: 17917 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97233
  • Troutdale Library: 2451 SW Cherry Park Rd, Troutdale, OR 97060
  • Rockwood Youth Opportunity Center: 470 SE 165th Ave., Portland, OR 97233 (10 am - 1 pm) 

Current students only:

  • Dexter McCarty Middle School - Library: 1400 SE 5th St, Gresham, OR 97080
  • Gresham High School - Library: 1200 N Main Ave, Gresham, OR 97030
  • Rosemary Anderson High School East Campus: 2208 SE 182nd Ave, Portland, OR 97233

Gifts to The Library Foundation will support an interactive early learning space, a dedicated creative learning lab, study space for teens, an audio video studio and an outdoor space for families at East County Library.

New features

East County Library will be a new building, built from the ground up with easy access for all East County residents. By building an almost 95,000 sf new library on a new site, the library can dream big with the community and provide services in a diverse location.

The design team includes Holst Architecture, a local, award-winning, women-owned firm with experience building for the community in East County. Notable projects include The Nick Fish, which provides quality affordable housing in Portland’s Gateway Urban Renewal Area.

Contributing to the project through the design development phase was Adjaye Associates, an international architecture group known for their inspiring work on recent projects including the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C.
 

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East County Library concept design shows the indoor living room

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

  • An auditorium for cultural celebrations, lectures, performances and family programs.
  • Impactful services to meet diverse community needs and interests, from early learning and play spaces for families to teen spaces, career services and beyond.
  • A public outdoor space.

The designs featured on this page are early drafts and are not final. Watch the library come together in a livestream from the construction site.

On July 8, 2022, Multnomah County Library and TriMet announced an initial agreement to begin a due diligence period of 120 days to negotiate the library’s prospective purchase of the Gresham City Hall Park and Ride as the site for the East County library. On October 24, 2022, the parties extended the due diligence period by 60 days with a goal of finalizing the agreement and purchase by early 2023. The purchase was finalized on June 30, 2023.

Centering the community

Community input is especially important for East County Library as it is an entirely new building. MultiCultural Collaborative (MCC) helped guide the first phase of community engagement. They led the focus groups for the 2016 Framework for Future Library Spaces. This framework has closely informed these building projects. 

Community Library Champions from community organizations will work with residents in East County and beyond to gather their dreams for this new library. These organizations include:

  • Black Economic Collective
  • El Programa Hispano Católico

East County Library community engagement will continue with a series of public community events, focus groups, teen outreach, surveys and more. Check back for updates.
 

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Community members share ideas for the new East County Library

East County Library community engagement will continue with a series of public community events, focus groups, teen outreach, surveys and more. Sign up for updates.

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East County Library concept design shows the entry from the south civic hub
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East County Library concept design shows the library from above at night with Mount Hood in the background