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Multnomah County Library statement: May 24 use of Central Library Community Room 1A by “unaffiliated women”

PORTLAND, Ore. — May 21, 2024 A member of the public reserved Central Library’s Community Room 1A on May 24, from noon to 1 pm with the following detail: “May 24th is the 10-year anniversary of the Radfems Respond event held at Central Library, this is an anniversary event centered on the past ten years of women's rights.” The library reviewed the application using the same criteria and policies it considers in all community room use applications and determined it was an allowable use of the meeting room.

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Spring events are buzzing at Multnomah County Library

PORTLAND, Ore. — March 28, 2024 — Multnomah County Library invites you to join in a variety of fun spring events for all ages. In April and May come and rejoice in Earth Month, Día de los Niños y Día de los Libros (Children’s Day and Book Day), Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Month, bike month and much more. Check out the full list of events to participate.

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Library will receive new carpeting and furniture from this work

PORTLAND, Ore.–February 28, 2024

Hillsdale Library will close to the public on March 3, 2024 to start on a series of bond-funded improvements. Project teams expect the work to last until summer 2024.

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Welcome back! Central Library reopens with major 21st century improvements

**Press tour: Thursday, February 22 at 2 pm**

Beloved historic building gleams with new carpet, paint, furniture, meeting spaces, restrooms, seating, charging, technology, automation and more

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Capitol Hill Library reopening to public as one of first building projects

Library provides refreshed experience for patrons with new paint, carpeting and furniture

PORTLAND, Ore.– Capitol Hill Library is reopening to the public on February 1, 2024, welcoming patrons into an exciting, reinvigorated library space.

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Recognizing and honoring Black History Month

PORTLAND, Ore. — February 1, 2024 — Multnomah County Library invites the community to join in celebrating and honoring Black History Month. Visit a library location through February 29 to learn about events, book displays and activities.

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Multnomah County Library and Regional Arts & Culture Council announce community artist as part of diverse work at North Portland Library

Sadé DuBoise will focus on community input as part of artwork for library’s new Black Cultural Center

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Library will receive new paint, carpeting and furniture from this work

PORTLAND, Ore.– January 16, 2024
Fairview-Columbia Library will close to the public on January 19 to start on a series of bond-funded improvements. Project teams expect the work to last until spring/summer 2024.

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Multnomah County Library celebrates opening of new Operations Center

Located in East Portland, the new building will be the beating heart of library services focused on patron support and sustainability

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Library provides reinvigorated space for patrons with new paint, carpeting and furniture

PORTLAND, Ore.– Gregory Heights Library is reopening to the public on January 4, 2024, welcoming patrons into an exciting, updated space that is delivered on time and on budget.

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Enjoy Kwanzaa with the library

PORTLAND, Or. — December 13, 2023 — Multnomah County Library invites the community to join in the festivities of Kwanzaa: a celebration of family, community and culture.

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Updated: Multnomah County Library statement on November 19 use of public meeting rooms

PORTLAND, Ore. — November 19, 2023 — A representative from a group called the Women's Liberation Front reserved the Hollywood Library meeting room on November 19 from noon until 2 pm with the following detail: “Women will be holding a speaking event on the subject of protecting women's and children's rights where several women will give short speeches.”

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Honoring Native American Heritage Month

PORTLAND, Ore. — November 6, 2023 — Multnomah County Library invites the community to join in celebrating and honoring Native American Heritage Month.

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New temporary space at University of Oregon campus in NE Portland

New location offers essential library services during construction closures

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Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month

Attend fun multilingual events for all ages

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Everybody Reads 2024 Title Announcement

"Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow" selected for 2024 Everybody Reads program

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Multnomah County Library breaks ground on new, destination library in East County

Large location will offer accessibility and dynamic amenities for the community

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Multnomah County Library statement regarding Adjaye Associates

Adjaye Associates is no longer associated with Multnomah County and the East County Library project.

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Gregory Heights closing July 20 for important upgrades as part of Refresh projects

Library will gain new paint, carpeting and furniture

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Multnomah County Library and Regional Arts & Culture Council announce community artists as part of wide-reaching public art commissions

Artists bring community-centered approach to their artwork across libraries

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Multnomah County Library breaks ground on historic North Portland Library

Expansion includes a community-focused Black Cultural Center while keeping classic Carnegie building

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Capitol Hill to close May 17 for vital updates as part of Refresh projects and capital improvements

Library will receive new paint, carpeting and furniture from this work

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Multnomah County Library breaks ground on Albina Library expansion

Construction will modernize space while maintaining historic Carnegie building

PORTLAND, Ore––April 25, 2023

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Capitol Hill closing May 17 for important upgrades as part of Refresh projects

Library will see new paint, carpeting and furniture through this work
PORTLAND, Ore.–April 11, 2023



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Central Library closing March 11 for major improvements; Albina Library, Isom Operations Center and North Portland Library next up for transformations

Albina and Isom to close March 18 for construction; North Portland to follow, closing April 5 for renovations

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