Capitol Hill Library history

Originally opened in 1972, Capitol Hill Library serves the Southwest Portland community. The building is 6,060 square feet, and the original architects were Allen, McMath and Hawkins, A.I.A. More recently, Capitol Hill Library received refresh updates, including fresh paint, new seating and updated technology.


2024  Capitol Hill Library reopens to the public.

2023  The library closes for an interior refresh of carpet and paint, new seating and shelves, updated technology, and planned maintenance. The refresh is funded by the 2020 voter-approved library building bond.

2017  A new community Learning Garden opens at Capitol Hill Library.

1999  The library reopened after renovations on February 16.

1989  Capitol Hill became one of the first four branch libraries to circulate videos.

1972  The new Capitol Hill Library opens.

1969  Property purchased and construction began.