Two buildings, one community library, planned for Gladstone and Oak Lodge

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Clackamas County is designing and building two libraries – one in the City of Gladstone and one in the Oak Lodge service area – to meet the growing needs of residents. The two libraries will be jointly operated to maximize efficiency, achieve economies of scale and provide high-quality, consistent services to all residents.

Current Gladstone and Oak Lodge library buildings

For years, the Gladstone and Oak Grove/Jennings Lodge areas have been in need of new, modern library facilities.


Architect’s drawing of exterior of new Gladstone Library

Gladstone Library

The new Gladstone Library will be located at 525 Portland Ave., Gladstone, at the corner of Portland Ave. and Dartmouth. The building master plan is complete, the former Gladstone City Hall, which was located on the construction site, has been removed, and construction is beginning in June 2023. The library is expected to be completed by summer 2024.

Architect’s drawing of exterior of new Oak Lodge Library

Oak Lodge Library

The new Oak Lodge Library will be on property owned by North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District (NCPRD) at 3811 SE Concord Road that is also the location of the historic Concord School building. The library building is being designed; construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2023. NCPRD is planning to convert the adjacent school building into a community center and build a new park on the property.

Community Task Forces

Gladstone Library Task Force Concord Property and Library Planning Task Force

Two task forces worked with county staff and advised the Board of County Commissioners on the creation of master plans for the Gladstone Library and Oak Lodge Library, and future uses of the Concord Property. Task force members are community residents with an interest or expertise in historic preservation, parks, sports, libraries and other relevant topics.

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Library Progress

Gladstone Library

July 2023
  • Removed underground fuel tanks
  • Completed miscellaneous demolition
  • Installed temporary shoring along north and east sides of the property
  • Building permit drawings approved by county
August 2023
  • Rough grading (estimated)
  • Install underground utility pipes (estimated)
  • Excavate and form the building foundation (estimated)
  • Staff and Opsis Architects drafting request for proposals (RFP) for public art
Sept. 2023
  • Art Committee review of request for proposals (estimated)
  • Contractors coordinating live construction camera for public to view construction activities online (estimated)
Oct. 2023
  • Send out call for art proposals (estimated)

Concord Site (Oak Lodge Library, Park, Community Center)

May 2023
  • Design for the library, park, hardscape and parking area completed and reviewed by county Design Review Committee
  • Conditional use application for Library and Community Center approved by county Planning Division
July 2023
  • Board of Commissioners approved guaranteed maximum price (GMP) for Oak Lodge Library.
Aug. 2023
  • Art Committee reviewed request for proposals to incorporate art inside and outside the library.
  • Developing guaranteed maximum price for North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District components of the project.
  • In response to review, design updates for utilities, parking and Concord Road improvements
Sept. 2023
  • Submitting for a grading permit and an erosion control permit, which will allow mass excavation and underground utility work to start as soon as possible.
  • Construction begins
  • Art Committee to finalize art site and overall themes for art request for proposal
Oct. 2023
  • Design in progress for Community Center, including new accessible entry, heating/cooling upgrades and new elevator (estimated)
  • Design in progress for playground (estimated)
  • Send out call for art proposals.



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October 2017Clackamas County and the City of Gladstone agree to provide new library facilities and services to the residents of Gladstone and Oak Lodge library service areas
March 2018North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD) becomes the owner of Concord Elementary School in Oak Grove as part of a Strategic Partnership with North Clackamas School District
November 2019Clackamas County and the City of Gladstone formalize intergovernmental agreement for construction and operation of the Gladstone Library
2019-2021Task forces and project team conduct extensive community outreach to develop master plans for each site
November 2021Board of County Commissioners agrees to use $200,000 of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to proceed with building the Gladstone Library
May 2022Board of County Commissioners delays construction on the libraries based on significant construction cost escalations and market volatility
October 2022Board of County Commissioners approves the use of approximately $6 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for construction of the Gladstone Library and up to $9 million of ARPA funds for construction of the Oak Lodge Library
January 2023Board of County Commissioners approves the use of approximately $8 million from the general fund toward construction of the libraries
May 2023Board of County Commissioners approves final funding plans for construction of the libraries.
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