Celebration to be held on the same day at the Central Library in downtown Portland

A celebration of restored library hours, and the reopening of all Multnomah County libraries, will be held at 9:45 a.m. Monday, July 1, on the front steps of the Central Library, 801 S.W. 10th Avenue in downtown Portland.

Elected officials, library leaders, supporters and patrons — including Multnomah County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jeff Cogen and other members of the Multnomah County Library District Board, Library Director Vailey Oehlke and writer Kim Stafford — will take part in the event.

The celebration marks the first day of the new permanent library district, which provides more steady funding thanks to voters who last November approved creation of the district. Financed by a tax rate capped at $1.24 per $1,000 of assessed property value, the district replaces a series of five-year renewable levies.

Starting in July, not only will Mondays be restored for the first time since they were cut last June, the libraries also will stay open longer on other days of the week.

“Restoration of funding to provide access to our libraries each day of the week was something our community asked for and supported with their votes,” Cogen said. “Our libraries are a community asset, and now, stable and dedicated library funding is in place to ensure free and equal access to all for generations to come.”

For details on the new library schedule, visit read more about Multnomah County Library, visit

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