Exterior terrace project will create new outdoor public space

PORTLAND, Ore. — June 21, 2022 — Central Library will be closed to the public Aug. 1 - Nov.1, 2022 to undergo major improvements. During that time, crews will undertake a series of projects that will create new outdoor public spaces, enhance access to the building and refresh and expand restroom amenities. Access to the building’s eastern sidewalk and street parking will be limited beginning this month. 

PORTLAND, Ore. — March 22, 2022 — Woodstock Library will be closed today, March 22, 2022 following an incident yesterday evening involving a person experiencing an apparent mental health crisis while in possession of weapons. Portland Police responded to the incident and the person left in the care of paramedics. No patrons or library staff members were injured. 

PORTLAND, Ore. — March 5, 2022 — Central Library will be closed for the remainder of today, March 5, 2022 following an incident of violence between two library patrons. Earlier today, one patron stabbed another patron in an elevator. The victim received medical attention and no library staff members were injured. 

The Portland Police Bureau is investigating the incident and Multnomah County Library is cooperating fully with the investigation. 

The Library Capital Bond Program Management Office is excited to announce it has selected an architecture firm to support the first Refresh project as part of the bond

Location will help library move towards permanent spaces, expedite other bond projects

Portland, Ore.--The Multnomah County Library Capital Bond Program Management Office is pleased to announce, after a thoughtful, strategic process, a location has been finalized for a new Northwest Library on NW Pettygrove St. (the street address is 2030 NW Pettygrove St., Portland, OR 97209). 

Appointments advance MCL realignment to more contemporary service model

Building will serve as beating heart for library services, pave way for additional bond projects

Portland, Ore.--The Multnomah County Library Capital Bond Project Team is pleased to announce, after considering several locations for the new Operations Center through a thoughtful, strategic process, a location has been finalized in East Portland at the southwest corner of 122nd Ave. and Glisan St. on the site of a former Safeway grocery store (the official address is 221 NE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97230). 

PORTLAND, Ore. — September 16, 2021 — Multnomah County Library has selected the graphic memoir Good Talk: A memoir in conversations by author and illustrator Mira Jacob as its 2022 Everybody Reads title. 

Building designs will be guided by community engagement, equity and Design Justice

PORTLAND, Ore.--After a multiphase request for proposals facilitated by Multnomah County’s Procurement team, the Library Capital Bond Program Management Office is excited to announce two architecture teams have been selected to design the first four public location bond projects (of nine approved by voters in November 2020), with an intentional focus on community organizing and engagement.

PORTLAND, Ore. — July 12, 2021. Beginning tomorrow, more libraries in Multnomah County will reopen every week to expand public access to library materials and basic services. Currently, Capitol Hill, Gregory Heights, Gresham, Holgate, Kenton, Midland, Rockwood and Woodstock libraries are open (see Director’s message: Ready to Reopen). 

Young people across Multnomah County will read, learn and earn prizes through Summer Reading 2021

PORTLAND, Ore. — June 16, 2021— Multnomah County Library’s 2021 Summer Reading Program returns, beginning today, when kids can play online using Beanstack or with a paper gameboard, available at any neighborhood library

PORTLAND, Ore. — June 1, 2021. Today, Capitol Hill, Gresham, Holgate, Kenton and Midland libraries open their doors to welcome patrons back for the first time since March of 2020.

This represents the first step in a limited and phased reopening of library spaces after indoor closures due to COVID-19. Library users can find hours, services, time limits and more at

Portland Public Schools is the latest of five school district partners to join Library Connect

PORTLAND, Ore. — May 21, 2021. Beginning this week, all Portland Public Schools students, along with those in four other Multnomah County school districts, can use their school student ID to access Multnomah County Library services, just like a regular library card. Students in Centennial, David Douglas, Gresham-Barlow, and Parkrose school districts are also eligible under the program, called Library Connect.  

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.

PORTLAND, Ore. — March 1, 2021. Multnomah County Library is now accepting submissions for its sixth year of the Library Writers Project. This year’s program expands eligible submission types to include a broader range of diverse voices and subjects. 

The Library Writers Project showcases and supports local writers and bolsters the library’s collection of self-published e-book titles. Beginning today and continuing through April 30, 2021, authors who hold a Multnomah County Library card may submit original works for consideration.

PORTLAND, Ore. — February 17, 2021. Multnomah County Library invites the community to participate in Everybody Reads 2021 celebrating Ross Gay’s The Book of Delights

Acclaimed author and poet to present virtual lecture on April 8

PORTLAND, Ore. — January 19, 2021 — Multnomah County Library will launch its 19th annual community reading project Everybody Reads with acclaimed author and poet Ross Gay and his collection of essays, The Book of Delights

Book returns open, free wireless printing available

PORTLAND, Ore. — December 14, 2020. Multnomah County Library patrons may place items on hold and schedule check-out appointments. Patrons will be notified when items are ready and can then schedule pickup appointments online or by phone. 

Patrons asked to keep library materials at home; no fines or charges will accrue

PORTLAND, Ore. — November 17, 2020. Beginning November 18, Multnomah County Library will pause its current sidewalk holds pickup service to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community. 

New spaces will advance equity and center community input; oversight

PORTLAND, Ore. — November 3, 2020. Multnomah County voters approved Measure 26-211, a capital bond measure to expand and modernize library spaces. 


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