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About the Library Settlement

Everybody wins with this solution.

Two buildings, one library.

In October 2017, Clackamas County and the city of Gladstone resolved a legal dispute over library operations. The settlement creates a path forward toward a comprehensive library solution for the city and the Oak Grove/Jennings Lodge area using current library reserves.

The settlement requires a robust public outreach process to determine the size, scope and location of the libraries. 

On Oct. 12, 2017, Clackamas County Commissioners unanimously agreed to the proposed settlement. This action followed the Gladstone City Council’s unanimous approval of the settlement earlier two days earlier. 

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about the settlement and the promised public outreach.

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Oak Lodge Library

  • Construction of a new library, approximately 19,500 sq. ft. (nearly three times larger than present)
  • Located within the Oak Lodge library service area (specific site to be determined after public input).
  • Residents will shape the library through a visioning process to meet needs and interests.

Gladstone Library

  • A modern library downtown of approximately 6,000 sq. ft., constructed on city-owned land.
  • Constructing the library is dependent on successful passage of a Gladstone ballot measure to eliminate the prohibition on using city general funds for the library. Gladstone residents are expected to vote on this measure in May 2018.
  • City of Gladstone will continue to subsidize library operations at current levels.
  • Operated by Clackamas County to minimize costs. Library staff will become county employees.