Preface project

The new Operations Center will be located in East Portland at the southwest corner of 122nd Ave. and Glisan St. on the site of a former Safeway grocery store (221 NE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97230).

The first real estate purchase for the bond, this building is the heart of the library, where every item placed on hold is sorted in addition to being the first stop for new books and materials. Plus, items for outreach to schools, shelters and more will be centered here.

Hennebery Eddy Architects is leading the design of the new Operations Center with staff and community input. Fortis Construction is the general contractor, and the building is a great opportunity to use design and technology to easily provide library items to the public.

On July 6, 2022, the library celebrated the first groundbreaking of the bond projects with a ceremony at the Operations Center. The celebration also announced that the building will offer a year-round public retail space run by Friends of the Library which will sell donated books and retired library materials. This is an exciting opportunity to provide a new, affordable retail amenity for East Portland in an accessible location in coordination with Friends of the Library. 

Chair Deborah Kafoury and Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson joined the groundbreaking along with Library Director Vailey Oehlke, Department of County Assets Director and Public Information Officer Tracey Massey and Friends of the Library. Read more about the celebration

Learn more about the beating heart of the library system through this exciting fly-through of the Operations Center courtesy of Hennebery Eddy Architects! 

Preliminary rendering of new library operations center

New design and technology

At the Operations Center, Automated Materials Handling technology will help fill library holds faster. This is helpful for Sort Center staff who will be located at the new building and ensure library items get to each branch. Other staff at this location will include those who run programs for early childhood, school-age youth, adult literacy, houseless shelters, new immigrants and more.

The building is also going to have a positive impact on the environment. With solar panels planned for the roof, the goal is to make this building zero energy, so that it creates as much energy from the solar panels as it uses up.

We'll update this page as the process continues. 

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Learn more about the Operations Center from our public meeting led by Hennebery Eddy Architects on November 18. Check out the meeting minutes and slides