Central Library closed March 5, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore. — March 5, 2022 — Central Library will be closed for the remainder of today, March 5, 2022 following an incident of violence between two library patrons. Earlier today, one patron stabbed another patron in an elevator. The victim received medical attention and no library staff members were injured. 

The Portland Police Bureau is investigating the incident and Multnomah County Library is cooperating fully with the investigation. 

“Public employees face serious safety and security challenges in maintaining safe and welcoming public spaces,” said Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury. “I am working with Library leadership, PPB and elected officials at the City of Portland to assess these conditions and take action to ensure public access and safety. I am grateful to Multnomah County employees for the work they do each day to serve our community.” 

The library will post any additional schedule changes at multcolib.org/hours-and-locations.