The West Linn Public Library is a vibrant and vital part of life in West Linn. Positioned to meet the educational, informational, cultural and recreational interests of the public, the library provides free and open access to a wide variety of materials and programs.
Since opening its doors in 1939 with a collection of 350 books and two magazine subscriptions, the West Linn Public Library has grown with the West Linn community and is now a welcoming 28,000 square foot facility with two public meeting rooms, a public art gallery, two computer labs and wireless access throughout the building. The library collection includes print and online resources, including more than 113,000 materials in a wide variety of formats, 279 periodical subscriptions, and 38 licensed databases.
The current Library Director is Holly Mercer.
March 1, 1939: The new West Linn Library is opened on the second floor of the City Hall building (now the police station). The collection contains 350 books and two magazine subscriptions
1979: The library moves out of City Hall and into a 1,500-square-foot space at the Bolton Fire Station.
March 1988: Voters approve a $1.2 million bond proposal to finance construction of the city’s first dedicated library building.
December 1988: Crews break ground on construction of the new library building on Burns Street.
December 1989: The new 10,000-square-foot library opens to the public.
May 2000: Voters approve a $3.9 million bond measure to remodel and expand the library.
June 2001: The library moves to temporary quarters at Bolton Elementary School while the library building is remodeled.
June 2002: The newly remodeled and expanded 22,500-square-foot library re-opens to the public.