Rockwood Library history

Rockwood Library has been serving east Multnomah County since its construction in 1963. The original library building was 5,724 square feet. In 1999, the building was renovated and expanded to 6,435 square feet. The original architects were Stewart, Richardson, Allen and McMath.

In 2016, the library received a grant to create the Rockwood Library makerspace.  The makerspace is made possible by gifts to The Library Foundation and a grant from the Mount Hood Cable Regulatory Commission through funds provided by cable companies. 


2020 In November 2020, Multnomah County voters approved a $387 million capital bond to build and transform library buildings across the county. Rockwood Library was one of 11 libraries set to receive refresh upgrades.

2016 The Rockwood makerspace opened on April 2. The 1,100-square-foot addition to Rockwood Library became the first free makerspace in Multnomah County. Hennebery Eddy Architects designed the makerspace with laptops, 3-D printers, laser cutter technology, and extensive software, among other tools, the space functions as a portal introducing users to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) skills.

2015  On August 26, the library had a groundbreaking ceremony for the new makerspace.

1963 The new 5,724-square-foot Rockwood Library was dedicated on April 10. 

1962  The Library Association of Portland purchased land and drew building plans for a new Rockwood Library.