The Multnomah County Library system, which is the largest in the state and serves 35,000 county residents every day in person or online, receives a majority of its funding through the county’s general fund and local option levy revenue, the latter of which was renewed by county voters in the May election of this year.
But a growing public need for county services and a continued decrease in funds being generated through property tax revenue has made these two funding sources unsustainable options to keep the library’s 19 branches running at the same level of service as seen in the past. Reduced hours, service, and staff go into effect July 1.
Multnomah County is sponsoring five community meetings to be held at branches across the county to hear from residents about their views on a Library District and how best to fund libraries in the future. In addition to the community meetings, the county will conduct an online survey for residents to complete in July and there will be a public hearing on this issue held on July 31. Details for all events are listed below.
Please spread the word about these important community conversations.
Community Listening Sessions
Central Library, July 2, 6 -7:30 p.m.
801 S.W. 10th Ave.
Gresham, July 10, 6 -7:30 p.m.
385 N.W. Miller Ave.
North Portland, July 12, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
512 N. Killingsworth St.
Hillsdale, July 17, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
S.W. Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, July 19, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
4040 N.E. Tillamook St.
July 31 at 10:00 a.m. in the Multnomah County board room located at 501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, Oregon 97214. Public testimony forms may be filled out ahead of time.