Project Overview

Oregon is planning to build a much-needed new library!  The future home of the Oregon Public Library will be 249 N. Main St. across from Netherwood Knoll in downtown Oregon. 

The community has donated more than $2 million to the capital campaign to build a new library.  In addition to purchasing the property, the Village Board has voted to contribute $10 million towards the cost of the building. 

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