County, Gladstone planning for new libraries

Clackamas County’s two building, one library solution.

Clackamas County is working to improve library services—and is moving forward with planning for two new libraries: one in Oak Lodge and one within the City of Gladstone. The county will run both libraries in a system modeled after the City of Sandy’s two-branch system.

The public (you!) will help determine what the libraries will be like, including: location, design, and services.

Gladstone Library Task Force

Clackamas County is seeking Gladstone residents to participate on the Gladstone Library Task Force. The Task Force will provide input to help guide the design and construction process. Apply now.

Project Update: May 2018

Gladstone is one step closer to getting a new library! This May, Gladstone residents approved a plan for a new library through Ballot Measure 3-530. The measure permits the City to lease the Gladstone City Hall property to Clackamas County as the site for a new library of approximately 6,000 square feet. The City Hall will relocate to 18505 Portland Avenue. The County will construct the library using accumulated Library District reserves and a future revenue bond. Check back soon for opportunities to tell us what type of spaces, materials, and services you’d like to see at a new library. Learn more.

Oak Lodge Library Comment Summary – now available

The Oak Lodge Library Open House and companion online “virtual” open house reached over 800 residents—with about 150 people attending the in-person meeting and nearly 700 visiting the online open house. During these outreach efforts, Oak Lodge residents weighed in on their vision for a library, and what kind of services and amenities are important to them. A summary of what people said is now available. Some of the key themes were:

  • Access is critical. Ample parking is important, but so is easy access for people walking, biking, or taking the bus.
  • Focus on programs for young people. Library programs for kids, specialized spaces for teens and children, and materials focused on educating young people were rated as most highly needed.
  • Make the library a focal point of the community. People want a welcoming, open, and inviting library that acts as an anchor for Oak Lodge.

You can read the full summary of comments here.

What’s Next?

The outreach process is ongoing. Here’s what’s happening:

  • Oak Lodge Library: The County is continuing to reach out to community members to get input on their vision for the Oak Lodge Library. We’re also partnering with local schools to engage students in creatively thinking about what they would like to see in a new library. See the meetings page for details on meetings scheduled for Spring 2018.
  • Gladstone Library: This May, Gladstone residents voted yes on a ballot measure authorize construction of a new library. Later this year, The City and County will hold public meetings and other outreach activities to get feedback on what types of spaces and services are most important for Gladstone residents.

Project Information

Links to more information about the new Oak Lodge and Gladstone libraries: