Five Multnomah County libraries welcome patrons back inside

PORTLAND, Ore. — June 1, 2021. Today, Capitol Hill, Gresham, Holgate, Kenton and Midland libraries open their doors to welcome patrons back for the first time since March of 2020.

This represents the first step in a limited and phased reopening of library spaces after indoor closures due to COVID-19. Library users can find hours, services, time limits and more at

Services include access to computers and wifi (one-hour limit); printing, faxing, copying (all free of charge); family computer spaces (two computers per space; one-hour limit); holds pick up; browsing (30 minute limit); information services and public restrooms. Masks are required when visiting the library. Patrons can continue to access a wide range of services online and by appointment at other libraries as buildings reopen to the public.

“People in Multnomah County love their libraries, and for good reason,” said Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury. “For so many, this day couldn’t come soon enough. I am grateful to our community for its patience during this closure and to the library workers who developed thoughtful plans to continue this important work in new ways.”

The library’s plans have been shaped by an extensive community engagement and outreach process, led by staff who provide culturally and linguistically relevant services. The five locations reflect a geographic spread across Multnomah County and support the library’s priorities of serving those most deeply impacted by COVID-19 and systemic inequity. The library will open more buildings in phases and expand services over time as safety and public health considerations allow.

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