According to the Library Association of Portland’s 1962-63 annual report, “The Rockwood Branch, located about halfway between the Midland and Gresham branches, will serve a growing area with a population of over 20,000, a high percentage of which are children.”
The new 5,724-square-foot Rockwood Library was dedicated on April 10, 1963. The building opened with a new collection of 12,000 books, with room to expand to 20,000 volumes. The first librarian was Miss Helen Gorder.
- Library area: Before renovation, 5,724 square feet; after renovation and expansion, 6,435 square feet
- Book capacity: 30,000 volumes
- Original architect: Stewart, Richardson, Allen and McMath
- Renovation architect: Thomas Hacker and Associates P.C.
- Original contractor: Neilson Construction and Investment Company
- Renovation contractor: Andersen Construction Co., Inc.
- First librarian: Miss Helen Gorder
- Original opening: April 10, 1963
- Renovation opening: September 14, 1999