09-19-2017  11:58 am      •     
The Wake of Vanport
Multnomah County Library
Published: 20 March 2017

Multnomah County Library is the oldest library system in the western US and one of the busiest in the nation. It’s also the smallest of comparable libraries, by far, without broad access to adequate public meeting space; quiet rooms; dedicated homework and learning centers or performance spaces. At two public meetings April 4 and 5, the library will present a draft framework of a long-term space plan for public feedback. 

Meeting details:

  • Tuesday, April 4, 6:30-8 p.m., North Portland Library, 512 N Killingsworth Street

  • Wednesday, April 5, 6:30-8 p.m., Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue

Multnomah County continues to see rapid growth and transformation. With the equivalent of two TriMet buses full of people moving to this region every day, the library needs a long term vision and a plan to meet the needs of a growing community with changing demographics.  

Since July 2016, Multnomah County Library has worked with Group 4 Architecture to gather information and input for a plan to guide the development of future library spaces. Project teams have reviewed demographic and library use data, analyzed challenges and opportunities and heard community needs and aspirations through focus groups, surveys and community conversations. 

At the April meetings, members of the project teams will present the results of that work in the form of a draft framework for public input. That feedback will guide the development of a final plan for library spaces and placement over the next 15-20 years of library service. The Multnomah County Library District Board will consider a final version of this plan for adoption later this year. View more information and updates at https://multcolib.org/planning.

Multnomah County Library is the oldest library system in the western US and one of the busiest in the nation. It’s also the smallest of comparable libraries, by far, without broad access to adequate public meeting space; quiet rooms; dedicated homework and learning centers or performance spaces. At two public meetings April 4 and 5, the library will present a draft framework of a long-term space plan for public feedback.

Meeting details:

  • Tuesday, April 4, 6:30-8:00 pm, North Portland Library, 512 N Killingsworth Street

  • Wednesday, April 5, 6:30-8:00 pm, Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue

Multnomah County continues to see rapid growth and transformation. With the equivalent of two TriMet buses full of people moving to this region every day, the library needs a long term vision and a plan to meet the needs of a growing community with changing demographics.  

Since July 2016, Multnomah County Library has worked with Group 4 Architecture to gather information and input for a plan to guide the development of future library spaces. Project teams have reviewed demographic and library use data, analyzed challenges and opportunities and heard community needs and aspirations through focus groups, surveys and community conversations. 

At the April meetings, members of the project teams will present the results of that work in the form of a draft framework for public input. That feedback will guide the development of a final plan for library spaces and placement over the next 15-20 years of library service. The Multnomah County Library District Board will consider a final version of this plan for adoption later this year. View more information and updates at https://multcolib.org/planning.

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