Multnomah County Library District kicks off July 1 with celebration

PORTLAND, Ore. — June 21, 2013 — On Monday, July 1, at 9:45 am, elected officials, library leaders, supporters and patrons will take part in a public celebration at Portland’s Central Library to welcome the return of Monday service and restored hours at all Multnomah County libraries.

WHAT: Celebration of restored library hours, reopening of all libraries on Mondays

WHO: Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen and other members Multnomah County Library District Board, Library Director Vailey Oehlke author Kim Stafford

WHEN: Monday, July 1 at 9:45 am

WHERE: Front (east) steps of Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave., Portland

WHY: Library district funding takes effect the same day as Monday closures end for Multnomah County libraries

Beginning July 1, the library will restore Monday service and restore open hours that were reduced in 2012 at all 19 libraries. July 1 marks the first day of operation of the Multnomah County Library District under a new funding mechanism approved by voters last year and open to the public on a Monday for the first time since last summer. View the new library schedule at

“Restoration of funding to provide access to our libraries each day of the week was something our community asked for and supported with their votes” said Chair Cogen. “Our libraries are a community asset and now, stable and dedicated library funding is in place to ensure free and equal access to all for generations to come.”