About the Library

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 meeting rooms, a public art gallery, computer labs, and wireless access throughout the building. Quick facts: 18,148 registered borrowers, 115,584 items in the collection, 172 periodical subscriptions, and 653,925 items checked out (as of July 1, 2014).

More stats are available here.


Library History

March 1, 1939: The new West Linn Library opens on the second floor of the City Hall building with a collection of 300 books.

March 30, 1965: The City makes plans for a new 7,000-square-foot library building on city-owned property at West A Street and Willamette Falls Drive, but the bond measure fails to pass. A second attempt on the May 28 ballot also fails.

October 1978: The library moves out of City Hall and into the 1,500-square-foot community room at the Bolton Fire Station.

March 31, 1987: Voters approve a $1.2 million bond proposal to finance construction of the city’s first dedicated library building.

April 1988: West Linn City Council approves a resolution authorizing the purchase of a 1.5-acre piece of land on Burns Street.

December 1988: Crews break ground on construction of the new library building.

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. SRG Partnership, the architect used to design the original building, designs the expansion.

June 2002: The newly remodeled and expanded 28,000-square-foot library re-opens to the public.

Read a history of the library compiled by volunteer Alan Lewis.

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