Refresh projects

Refresh projects are currently underway to provide upgrades to eleven MCL libraries not undergoing major renovations. These projects will ensure the  libraries are able to take advantage of system-wide changes and help provide safe, modern and welcoming spaces for patrons.

The eleven Refresh libraries are:

  • Capitol Hill Library 
  • Central Library 
  • Fairview-Columbia Library
  • Gregory Heights Library 
  • Hillsdale Library
  • Hollywood Library 
  • Kenton Library 
  • Rockwood Library 
  • Sellwood Library 
  • Troutdale Library
  • Woodstock Library 

Central Library

The first Refresh project to be developed is Central Library, in downtown Portland. Planning and design have just begun, and the timing for the next phases of the project will be part of planning with Hennebery Eddy Architects, who are the designers for this first project.

Beginning in June 2022, some work on Central Library will begin with multiple construction projects funded by the bond and other sources.

Central Library will be closed to the public August 1 - November 1, 2022. The library will be closed during construction to decrease longer disruptions of service by completing multiple projects, speeding the construction work, and to lower overall costs for Multnomah County residents. Learn more.

One of the priorities of the Refresh projects is to improve operational efficiency. In some locations, the Refresh projects will introduce Automated Materials Handling technology, which will help organize and circulate materials, allowing for library holds to be filled faster and cutting down on the need for staff to perform repetitive, laborious tasks so their work can be more focused on community-facing needs.

The Library Capital Bond Projects Team is looking forward to these Refresh projects as opportunities to update great libraries and services for great communities in Multnomah County. 

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