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 into the fall of 2021, the design process is scheduled to begin after that 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

Do you live, work or go to school near the Albina or North Portland libraries? Are you between 13 and 18 years old? 

Multnomah County Library is planning to redesign and expand Albina and North Portland libraries. You have the opportunity to help design these new libraries that represent you and your community. We want to work with you!

Working with library staff, LEVER Architecture and Noll & Tam Architects, you will be a part of virtual and in-person workshops, go on field trips, use design thinking, develop design skills and have a fun time. 

Applications are now closed. Candidates will be informed if they have been selected for a short follow-up virtual interview by October 19. Interviews will be held on October 20-21.

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

Join us at the upcoming community events for Albina and North Portland libraries with multiple opportunities throughout fall of 2021. We want to hear about your vision for these spaces.

Upcoming events and ways to get involved

Save the date for Saturday, November 13
Albina and North Portland Community Meeting on Zoom

RSVP link forthcoming

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 into the fall of 2021 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. 

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 will be providing a stipend to each design advocate for their efforts. Learn more about this paid program

The application is available now. We are accepting applications through October 30. Apply today!

Join us at the upcoming community events for Holgate and Midland libraries with multiple opportunities throughout fall of 2021. We want to hear about your vision for these spaces.

Upcoming events and ways to get involved

Holgate & Midland Virtual Community Meetings on Zoom

Share your ideas for the renovations and additions to Holgate and Midland libraries so that the libraries better represent your communities and meet your needs! Meet the architecture teams as well as library staff, and let’s build the future of libraries together. Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian, Spanish and ASL interpretation will be provided.

Monday, October 25, 5:45-7:15pm. - CANCELLED

Tuesday, November 2, 5:45pm-7:15pm. RSVP for the Zoom link

Have questions? Email the Library Spaces.