Multnomah County Library facilities master planning process 2016-2017

Serving the community since 1854, Multnomah County Library provides a wide range of library resources and services through 19 locations and a variety of outreach settings.

Multnomah County Library is among the busiest public libraries in the United States. It also has the smallest amount of space of any library system serving a population of a similar size. The library is conducting a process to gather community input to shape a long-term master plan for its facilities to guide how the library can best serve its community for future generations.

The capital planning process will assess the current state of facilities; analyze community and library use demographics; create a common vision based on community input; and consider new library service possibilities. The capital planning process will not propose specific renovation or building improvements; call for additional staff; or suggest specific potential funding mechanisms.

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  • Fall 2016: Assess current facilities; gather feedback; analyze demographic and use data; develop use/need projections; hold Strategic Vision Workshop with community leaders 
  • Winter 2016-2017: Analyze space needs and options; gather feedback; analyze feedback; define community need; create customer experience vision
  • Spring 2017: Consider funding strategies; create master plan; present final document to Multnomah County Library District Board

How to provide input