Library Bond FAQ

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Where will the new East County Library be located?

On Friday, July 8, 2022, Multnomah County Library and TriMet announced the signing of a Letter of Intent for the library to purchase Gresham City Hall Park and Ride (1297 NW Eastman Pkwy, Gresham) from TriMet for use in building the East County library. Per the terms of the Letter of Intent, the library and TriMet enter a Due Diligence period of 120 days or until a binding Purchase and Sale Agreement is executed. Both parties will work together with the City of Gresham to establish the vision for the site and the surrounding area. Community engagement will be a huge part of the project with efforts led by the bond’s community engagement team. 

What is the timeline for each project? 

Please see the project sequence chart for more detail. Each project will include community input before the design process begins. The order of projects will be updated as project timelines are confirmed.

Estimated completion timeline

Operations Center (fall 2023)
Midland Library (spring 2024)
Holgate Library (spring 2024)
North Portland Library (spring 2024)
Albina Library (summer 2024) 
East County Flagship (summer 2025)
Belmont Library (fall 2025)
Northwest Library (fall 2025)
St. Johns Library (fall 2025)
10G broadband internet at all libraries (Full installation by fall 2025)

How did the library choose these specific projects and locations to expand?

The Framework for Future Library Spaces looked at every library location across Multnomah County, and recommended the library roughly double its total footprint. The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners directed development of proposals to be in line with the Framework’s recommendations. To reduce taxpayer costs, the bond includes projects to address many, but not all, of the Framework’s recommendations.
The bond will address lack of library space east of Interstate-205 and expand some of the busiest small spaces. It also will serve areas of high need and provide gigabit-speed internet to every location. Other community needs could be addressed in the future.

My library isn’t included on this bond. When will it be updated? 

The bond will upgrade all libraries, even those not undergoing major renovation. Upgrades could include new furniture, fixtures, paint, carpet, and other improvements.
Unfortunately, fully renovating and/or expanding all 19 libraries in this bond is too costly for taxpayers. We know that library space inequities will exist after these bond projects. We will continue to look to improve services and spaces for patrons across the county. 

How long will my library close for renovations?

Construction time and temporary closure for projects (where closures apply) will vary based on the final design and scope of each project. We will communicate with residents and library patrons in advance of each planned closure. We will post a detailed timeline for each project to the library website, as they are known. 

How can I get involved?

Sign up for updates. Community input opportunities for new projects will begin with the Midland and Holgate library projects in summer 2021.

How will the bond affect Carnegie buildings and other historic structures?

The Framework for Future Library Spaces offers expansion recommendations for every library in Multnomah County. 
The historic nature of any library building will be a key factor in shaping design. Community input, including values around preservation, will help inform and guide building design. 
St. Johns and North Portland libraries will have additions to the existing structure. 
Albina Library relocated to its former home and is anticipated to maintain its historic structure. The library owns two adjacent buildings to the south that will be redeveloped. 
Belmont Library is expected to retain the most historic portion of the structure and receive a large, more modern addition. 
Many library systems and communities added to or remodeled historic buildings. Oregon City is one nearby example of expansion of a historic library structure. 

How much will the library bond increase my property taxes?

The cost will be an annual average of $0.61 per $1,000 of Assessed Value (not Real Market Value) over an eight-year term. View Assessed Value and property tax amounts (login as a guest).