Aloha Community Library

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Aloha Community Library
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The library in 2012
Established 2012
Location Aloha, Oregon
Coordinates 45°28′47″N 122°51′36″W / 45.479721°N 122.859893°W / 45.479721; -122.859893Coordinates: 45°28′47″N 122°51′36″W / 45.479721°N 122.859893°W / 45.479721; -122.859893

The Aloha Community Library is a library serving the community of Aloha, Oregon, United States. It is governed by the Aloha Community Library Association (ACLA), which is registered as a non-profit organization in the State of Oregon[1] and a 501(c)(3). The library opened September 22, 2012.[2]


The library originated from an idea within a local quasi-governmental community group called Citizen Participation Organization 6 (CPO-6), which encompasses the unincorporated areas of Aloha, Reedville and Cooper Mountain, in Washington County.

Aloha community activist and political entrepreneur Eric Squires was primarily responsible for the initial planning for the library, forming a work group within CPO-6.[citation needed] Squires also serves as one of nine on the board of directors, with Doug Hoy as the president of that board. The library is a citizen-initiated effort in an unincorporated urban area of Washington County surrounded by the cities of Beaverton to the east, and Hillsboro to the west. Washington County Planning Commissioner Anthony R. Mills was also involved with planning for the creation of the library.[3]

The library was opened in a 1,000-square-foot (93 m2) space within a strip mall on Farmington Road at Kinnaman Road anchored by Bales Thriftway.[4] At the time of its opening, it had about 4,500 books,[5] and a total collection of 6,000 items.[4] The opening was attended by Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, County Commission Chair Andy Duyck, and Commissioner Dick Schouten.[citation needed] The Aloha Community Library also provides internet access, printing, DVDs, and a device assisting the vision impaired with optical magnification.[citation needed]

The library is currently a community library, as it self-funded, but aspires to become part of Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) in the 2015-2016 tax levy year, the first year the library might be eligible for admission to the WCCLS and the benefit of receiving financial support via a tax levy.[4] The Aloha Community Library might transform into a public library at that point. Admission criteria for this transformation currently includes (as of 12-12-12) 40,000 annual item checkouts, 40 open hours per week, and certain paid staff in place. The library is currently open 37 hours per week, and admission to the WCCLS cooperative was recommended by the WCCLS Policy Group with the authority to determine efficacy of applicants. [6]

In July 2013, the Washington County Commission approved $15,000 in county funds for preliminary design of a new library building.[7] The library moved into a larger space in the same shopping center in April 2014, with the size increasing to 1,925 square feet (178.8 m2).[8]

In November 2015, Washington County voters approved a library levy that will bring the Aloha Library into the Washington County Cooperative Library Services in 2016.[9][10] The library moved into a new larger location in January 2017.[11]


  1. ^ "Business Name Search". Business Registry. Oregon Secretary of State, Corporation Division. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Sit, Jacqueline (September 21, 2012). "Aloha opens first community library". KGW. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
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  4. ^ a b c Wells, Shannon O. (November 29, 2012). "Volunteers bring Aloha library from concept to concrete". Beaverton Valley Times. Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers. 
  5. ^ Castillo, Andrea (September 23, 2012). "Aloha turns page with new library". The Oregonian. West Metro Community News section, p. E1. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  6. ^ Marum, Anna. "Reporter". Newspaper Story. Oregonian Media Group. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Marum, Anna (July 17, 2013). "Aloha Community Library receives $15,000 for preliminary design of new, larger building". Beaverton Leader (weekly section in The Oregonian). p. 2. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  8. ^ Marum, Anna (April 3, 2014). "Growing Aloha Community Library moves to larger space near Bales Thriftway". The Oregonian. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Apalategui, Eric (November 4, 2015). "Aloha Community Library celebrates WCCLS levy passage". Beaverton Valley Times. Retrieved 28 November 2015. 
  10. ^ "Aloha Community Library". Washington County Cooperative Library Services. Retrieved 29 December 2015. 
  11. ^ Pursinger, Geoff (January 13, 2017). "Aloha library opens new location next door". Hillsboro Tribune. Retrieved 14 January 2017.