Chapter One projects

Albina and North Portland libraries

Albina Library has returned to its Knott Street location for the first time in decades. North Portland Library is still at its historic location, and we look forward to working with community members and library staff on these plans. Both libraries will receive renovations and additions with guidance from the community. With community engagement currently underway we want to hear your  vision for the libraries. You can view the entire project timeline

Exterior of Albina Library

LEVER Architecture and Noll & Tam Architects are leading the design on these two projects. With great experience working on community projects in Portland, these teams are working to learn what you want to see at your libraries. 

Exterior of North Portland Library

Design your way with Youth Opportunity Design Approach

The youth design program kicked off in October 2021. Eighteen participants between the ages of 13 and 18 will work with library staff and architects to share their ideas about libraries and design.

With workshops, field trips and meetings, the youth designers will receive a stipend of $150 or receive community service credit from LEVER. 

Read more about this exciting program.

We’ll provide updates about this exciting program here. 

Have questions? Email Suzanne Chou, community engagement coordinator for the library capital bond program.

Youth Opportunity Design participants review model of design concept

Join us at the upcoming community events for Albina and North Portland libraries with multiple opportunities. We want to hear about your vision for these spaces.

Upcoming events and ways to get involved

Check out recordings of previous virtual community meetings for Albina and North Portland.

Save the date!
Saturday, October 22
1-3 pm
Community Meeting at Dishman Community Center (77 NE Knott Street, Portland, OR 97217)

Stop by Dishman Community Center to hear about the latest design updates for Albina and North Portland from an outdoor area to the Black Cultural Center. Snacks and free books will be provided. Spanish and ASL interpretation will be provided. 

Holgate and Midland libraries

These two libraries serve some of the most diverse communities. We’re excited to begin community and staff engagement to imagine how these libraries can expand on how they serve you. Community engagement is currently underway for both of these libraries. Holgate will be rebuilt as a new, larger library and Midland will receive renovations and an addition. View the entire project sequence

Exterior of Holgate Library

Bora Architecture & Interiors, which has worked with Colloqate Design on multiple Portland-area projects, will design both of the libraries.

Exterior of Midland Library

The bond staff will be working with the architecture teams to engage communities around both libraries. 

The latest designs and timetables

Thanks to your ideas, Holgate and Midland libraries will be receiving some exciting upgrades. To start on this work, Holgate will be closed for construction beginning December 5, 2022 and Midland will be closed for construction beginning December 23, 2022. They will reopen in spring 2024. Keep up to date on services through the library’s construction page.

 View your new interior design for Holgate Library through this exciting fly-through courtesy of Bora Architecture & Interiors. This is a preliminary design as of July 2022 and is not final. Exterior colors will be decided on by a public vote.

View your new interior design for Midland Library.

Example of Midland Library's new living room area.

Community design advocates

In order to design with communities, we see community members as experts. Community design advocates will help us to make sure we are hearing their communities’ voices regularly, and reduce barriers to participation. We provide a stipend to each design advocate for their efforts.

The application is now closed, but you can learn more about this paid program and watch a recording from an information session

Join us at the upcoming community events for Holgate and Midland libraries with multiple opportunities. We want to hear about your vision for these spaces.

Upcoming events and ways to get involved

Help us select the building color for Holgate Library

As part of Multnomah County Library’s building and expansion program, Holgate Library is being rebuilt as a new, larger library. Through listening sessions and online meetings, community members have provided so many great ideas for the library. Back in May, the public voted on the interior design (you can view the new interior design). Now we would like to hear from you again.
You are voting on the color of the custom metal panel for the outside of the building. The link will be updated on this page.. 

You are voting on the color of the custom metal panel for the outside of the building.

Voting begins October 3 and ends on October 14.  

Have questions? Email Library Spaces.