Project Overview

The future home of the Oregon Public Library will be 249 N. Main St. across from Netherwood Knoll in downtown Oregon. 

In addition to purchasing the property, the Village Board has voted to contribute $6 million towards the cost of building a new library.  A capital campaign goal of $4 million is being conducted to provide additional funds necessary to build the new library. 

People in the library

Priorities

Top priorities for the new Oregon Public Library include:

  • A variety of attractive meeting and gathering spaces to accommodate library and community needs and activities
  • Flexible and robust technologies integrated throughout to address increasing connectivity demand
  • Expanded seating for library visitors of all ages for both individual and collaborative uses
  • An inviting and comfortable quiet reading room and other spaces to read, work and relax
  • Youth services areas that incorporate constructive play areas, caregiver-child engagement spaces, and hands-on elements for learning and social interaction
  • More space for growing library collections including books, research materials, audiobooks, movies, music, newspapers and other special collections
  • An expanded program room that incorporates technology
  • Support of essential staff responsibilities by providing adequate workspace and storage areas
  • Sustainability

Children in the library

The Need

Why Oregon Needs a New Library:

  • Built in 1995, the current facility is overcrowded and under serves Oregon's growing population
  • There is no fiscally responsible way to adequately expand the current footprint
  • There is a consistently strong demand for library services in Oregon
  • There is inadequate space for collections and seating is needed for all ages
  • The diverse and multi-faceted needs of our community cannot be fully met due to space limitations
  • The open floor plan serving multiple uses does not allow for dedicated quiet areas
  • The growing need for meeting and gathering spaces is unsatisfied
  • The building infrastructure cannot fully support mission critical technologies
  • Workspace is insufficient for essential staff responsibilities and volunteer support