Making a better Central Library for you

Revised November 18, 2022

Sketch of renovated Central Library aerial view from north

Multnomah County Library is hard at work to build, expand and renovate library spaces for the public as a result of the voter-approved 2020 Library building bond. The library system is undergoing its biggest expansion and transformation in more than a century.

Construction for improvements at Central Library began in July 2022 and will continue into 2023. 

Phase one (July 2022 – October 2022)

  • New outdoor terrace space
  • Reconstructed and improved ADA access
  • Start of 1st floor restroom expansion
  • Upgraded technical infrastructure 
  • Significant preparations for phase two improvements 

Phase two (beginning spring 2023; dates to be determined)

  • Expanded patron restrooms on the 1st floor
  • Refreshed restrooms on the 2nd and 3rd floor
  • A new, dedicated teen space
  • Renovated children’s space
  • Meeting room upgrades
  • Added community space
  • Updates to collection locations
  • New automated technologies for faster holds and easy returns
  • New flexible seating; increased seating
  • Added power outlets and new paint, carpet and furniture
  • Completion of outdoor terraces and improved emergency egress

The second phase of improvements will require a temporary closure of Central Library that is estimated to begin in spring 2023 and last six months or more. The exact dates and length of closure are in planning with contractors and materials suppliers. The library will post updates here as they are known. 

Sketch of renovated Central Library ground level exterior looking north

The nearest libraries to Central are:
Northwest Library: 2300 NW Thurman Street 
Belmont Library: 1038 SE César E. Chávez Boulevard 

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