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Multnomah County Central Library
Liz Sauer
Published: 16 January 2024

PORTLAND, Ore.– Fairview-Columbia Library will close to the public on Jan. 19, to start on a series of bond-funded improvements. Project teams expect the work to last until spring/summer 2024. 

Multnomah County library is hard at work to build, expand and renovate library spaces for the public as a result of the voter-approved 2020 Library Building Bond. This year, the library system will see a dramatic reinvention by building and expanding five libraries and a series of refresh projects to libraries across the system, requiring a series of temporary library closures.

The work at Fairview-Columbia library is a continuation of the Refresh projects, providing smaller but still important upgrades to 10 libraries. 

New features will include:

  • Improved shelf height to create more space for people and better sight lines
  • An inviting children’s area with new, movable furniture
  • New, comfortable reading room chairs (both with and without arms) as well as new lounge chairs in the adult area
  • A SmartShelf from Lyngsoe which easily checks in materials placed on any shelf
  • A tech bar which provides an area for patrons to use the copy machine, scanner and computers
  • New, lightweight meeting room chairs
  • Fresh paint and new carpet for an updated, inviting experience

The community is invited to use nearby libraries while Fairview is closed: 

Rockwood Library: 17917 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97233

Gresham Library: 385 NW Miller Avenue, Gresham, OR 97030

The library will share additional updates about services on its construction closures webpage. The library routinely posts closure or schedule change notices at multcolib.org/hours-and-locations.

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