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Renovations to close Gresham library from Sept. 22 to Oct. 8


Patrons can still return books, pick up items on hold while work is completed

The Gresham library will be closed for renovations, including new paint, carpet and reconfiguring shelves and computers, from 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8.

With the exception of some technology upgrades in 1998, this is the first time the library, located at 385 N.W. Miller Ave., has undergone any major renovations since opening in 1990, said Shawn Cunningham, library spokesman.

The renovations will make browsing shelves more intuitive for patrons, create a more open floor plan, replace worn-out carpet and allow more wired tables for laptops, as well as quiet study areas, Cunningham said.

Cost is estimated at $300,000, and is part of the library system's annual preventative maintenance plan.

“Gresham library is heavily used by its community,” said Library Manager Martha Flotten. “Last year alone, patrons walked through our doors more than 350,000 times. These updates will ensure that the library continues to be a bright, welcoming, safe and functional public space for years to come.”

During the upcoming two-week closure, patrons will be able to pick up books on hold and drop off returns at a construction office trailer temporarily located in the library parking lot. They also could have books on hold delivered to another library of their choice. The nearest library branches are in Rockwood, Troutdale and Fairview.

Gresham Library staff will still be available via phone at 503-988-5387 throughout the closure from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Community meeting rooms will be renovated earlier and will be unavailable starting Saturday, Aug. 31. Storytime will continue to be held in the main part of the library until the Sept. 22 closure.

The last time the library was closed for improvements was in 1998, when it got a technology boost in the form of more cable and wire needed for more Internet-capable computer stations as part of a $28 million bond voters approved to renovate deteriorating branch libraries and to improve technology in all branch libraries. Other improvements made in 1998 at the Gresham library included a reconfigured workroom for more efficient book shelving, as well as upgrades to comply with seismic requirements and Americans with Disabilities Act.