Jun 11, 2024 - News

New library breaks ground in NW

Rendering showing Portlanders approaching a future NW public library

An exterior rendering of the new Northwest LIbrary on Pettygrove Street. Rendering: Hennebery Eddy Architects

Multnomah County Library has broken ground on its new Northwest Library at NW 20th Avenue and Pettygrove Street.

Why it matters: The library will serve the NW Portland area, including the newest part of Slabtown, which is emerging from the former Con-Way parking lot.

State of play: Work began last week on the 11,000-square-foot library six blocks from the existing one on NW 23rd Avenue.

Zoom in: The design team from Hennebery Eddy Architects gathered feedback from senior citizens, families, teens, people experiencing homelessness and the neighborhood association.

New features will include a large play and learning space for children and families, flexible meeting spaces for the community and a dedicated teen area with technology optimized for gaming and video conferencing.

What we're watching: The $20 million project is expected to open next summer.

What's next: More new libraries will also open on Holgate Boulevard in 2024 and in East County in 2026.

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