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Tualatin library to temporarily close

TUALATIN - If you plan to check out a book from the Tualatin Public Library, you'll need to get there before Saturday.

The library will close at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, and be closed until April 7. The temporary closure will give library staff and volunteers time to move the library's collection to a temporary location at 8380 S.W. Nyberg Street, next door to Clark's Lumber off Southwest Boones Ferry Road.

Temporarily relocating the library is expected to shave as many as six months off of the construction time for the $9.1 million library expansion project at City Hall. The project, funded in part by $4.2 million from general obligation bonds, will increase the library size from 8,455 square feet to 22,162 square feet.

The temporary relocation is expected to last roughly 14 months or until sometime in the summer of 2008.

During the move to the temporary location, the library and all of its services will be closed. Loan periods will be extended to avoid books or movies being due while the library is closed. Library patrons are asked to keep the library materials while the Tualatin library is closed and to return the materials when the library reopens in its temporary location.

Library officials are looking for volunteers to help with the moving process beginning Saturday, March 24. The move will take roughly two weeks to complete. Library officials are asking for volunteers to help staff move books to the new location. Any person, group or business interested in helping should contact Melissa Koons, volunteer specialist, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 503-691-3070 for more details.

The city's Engineering and Building Department will also temporarily relocate across the street at the Seneca Building along Martinazzi Avenue. The department will close from April 5 at 5 p.m. to April 10 at 8 a.m.

The department is not expected to return to its City Hall office spaces, which are also undergoing an expansion project, until the spring of 2008.