Five Multnomah County libraries will reopen June 1

Community centered approach will phase in services over time

PORTLAND, Ore. — April 15, 2021. Multnomah County Library will reopen Capitol Hill, Gresham, Holgate, Kenton and Midland libraries for some in-building services on June 1. Planning is underway to restore access at other locations in phases.

Libraries will operate with limited capacity and time limitations. Services will 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. Between now and June 1, work is underway to finalize modifications to spaces like removing shelving, tables and establish other COVID-safe changes to maximize the health and safety of patrons and staff. 

Each library building is unique and has different considerations around capacity, layout and work processes. Planning and preparation for additional phases are underway.

The library will share more details about specific locations, services and hours at as they become available. Patrons can continue to access a wide range of services online and by appointment at all libraries as buildings reopen to the public. 

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. 

“We know how much people have missed being inside of library buildings and we are eager to welcome them back,” said Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke. “The pandemic has highlighted both the naked inequality that permeates our society, but also the resourcefulness and resilience required to make meaningful change. I am grateful to the library staff and community members who have shaped this vision for how libraries can continue as forces for good.”