Multnomah County Library expands holds service; kicks off online Summer Reading program; closure for Juneteenth

PORTLAND, Ore. — June 15, 2020 

Holds pickup service expands 
The library expanded holds pickup service to Belmont, Capitol Hill, Gregory Heights, Holgate, Hollywood, Kenton, Rockwood and St. Johns libraries. Patrons can schedule a pickup appointment by contacting the library at 503.988.5123. Patrons are encouraged to wear a face covering and practice physical distancing while using library services. Patrons can place holds for new items using the online catalog or by contacting the library. Library services updates available at 
Return items and place new holds
Book drops are open to accept returns of library items at all locations except Sellwood-Moreland Library and Albina Library. The library is not charging overdue fines on any returned items. 
Summer Reading kicks off with new online format
Kids of all ages are invited to join the library’s Summer Reading program! Even though library buildings are closed, kids can track their reading progress online and earn great prizes! Participants log each day they read or listen to a book and do any of the fun activities between June 15 and August 31. Once participants read 45 days total, they’ve completed the game and will receive a t-shirt (while supplies last), coupons for local entertainment, and an entry in the Grand Prize drawing! Each 15 days of reading is awarded an entry into a prize drawing. 
The online game is offered through Beanstack. Participants can track their progress online or by using the Beanstack app. Families who need a printed game board can request one be mailed to them by using the online form or by calling the library at 503.988.5123. Temporary game boards are also available to print from the library website. 
Need new Summer Reading books? Check out one of our reading lists or these ebooks and audiobooks just for kids
More information about the Summer Reading program is available at
Summer Reading is supported by gifts to The Library Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to our library's leadership, innovation and reach through private support.
Read 4 Life Summer Reading game available online
Adults can join the summer reading fun by signing up for the Read 4 Life program and tracking their reading progress online. Read or listen to four books over the summer and earn entries into prize drawings— it’s that simple! Learn more at

Read 4 Life is sponsored by The Friends of the Library.
Library closed for Juneteenth: Friday, June 19, 2020
Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury has declared Juneteenth an annual paid County holiday for all Multnomah County employees. As such, Multnomah County Library will be closed on Friday, June 19, 2020. Library locations offering holds pickup service will resume service on Saturday, June 20.