Cornelius Public Library

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Cornelius Public Library
Cornelius Civic Center - Oregon.JPG
The library in 2013
LocationCornelius, Oregon
Coordinates45°31′18″N 123°03′19″W / 45.52162°N 123.05516°W / 45.52162; -123.05516Coordinates: 45°31′18″N 123°03′19″W / 45.52162°N 123.05516°W / 45.52162; -123.05516
Access and use
Circulation46,265 (2012)[1]
Population served12,413 (2012)[1]
Members3,730 (2012)[1]
Other information
Budget$322,794 (2012)[1]
DirectorKaren Hill
Staff4 (2012)[1]
WebsiteOfficial site

The Cornelius Public Library is the municipal library serving the city of Cornelius in the U.S. state of Oregon. Founded in 1912, the library is part of the Washington County Cooperative Library Services.


Mrs. Wilkins registered the first library in Cornelius in 1912, which consisted of a single shelf at a local pool room.[2] The Cornelius Women's Civic Club later leased a room at the fire station, and in 1914 the city began taxing residents to pay for the library.[3] The tax rate was increased in 1916 in order to allow the library to expand.[3] A Spanish language program was added in 1984, and the library also closed for a short time in the 1980s due to budget cuts.[3]

In 2010, the library was awarded a $20,000 grant to help design a new building.[4] The city then developed plans for a mix-use project combining a new library building with affordable housing for senior citizens.[5][6] A bond measure to raise $2.4 million for the city's portion of the project was placed on the November 2013 ballot,[7] but did not pass.[8]

After plans for the new library were voted down, the state provided $2.4 million for the project in March 2014.[9] Washington County provided grants totaling just over $1 million to the project in March 2015.[10] Plans for the new library included space for chambers for the city council as well as for 3-D printer.[11] The library introduced adventure packs that consist of themed backpacks with books and other supplies to encourage reading in 2015 after a grant from the Oregon International Airshow.[12] In December 2015, the library received a $500,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities,[13] which was followed by another $500,000 from the 2015-16 Oregon Legislature.[14] The project received a donation of $70,000 from the Walters family in November 2017.[15]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "2011-2012 Oregon Public Library Spreadsheet". Oregon Public Library Statistics. Oregon State Library. Archived from the original on 31 October 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  2. ^ Bloom, Deborah (May 28, 2012). "Cornelius Library celebrates 100 years of service". The Oregonian. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Haugen, Stephanie (November 6, 2012). "Cornelius library still changing at 100". News Times. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  4. ^ Parks, Casey (October 1, 2010). "Cornelius Library wins $20,000 grant to design a new library building". The Oregonian.
  5. ^ Castillo, Andrea (July 15, 2013). "Cornelius City Council scheduled to discuss senior affordable housing and library expansion project". The Oregonian. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  6. ^ Castillo, Andrea (July 16, 2013). "Cornelius City Council approves contract for $12.8 million housing and library project". The Oregonian. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  7. ^ Castillo, Andrea (October 15, 2013). "Cornelius library project: As bond measure vote nears, leaders envision a new city". The Oregonian. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  8. ^ Townsley, Nancy (November 8, 2013). "Cornelius library bond loses". Hillsboro Tribune. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  9. ^ Rehkopf Smith, Jill (March 12, 2014). "Lawmakers ride to rescue of Cornelius library project". Forest Grove News Times. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  10. ^ Pilorget, Dillon (March 9, 2015). "New Cornelius library and senior housing project gets $1 million from Washington County". The Oregonian. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  11. ^ Pilorget, Dillon (March 20, 2015). "Cornelius Place library could get a 3-D printer; State Treasurer calls project 'transformational'". The Oregonian. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Grant to fund 'adventure packs' for Cornelius Library". Hillsboro Tribune. January 23, 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  13. ^ "Library project snags $500K grant". Hillsboro Tribune. December 17, 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  14. ^ "McLain secures $500,000 in lottery funds for Cornelius Place". Forest Grove News Times. March 3, 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  15. ^ Howard, John William (November 29, 2017). "Walters family donates $70K to Cornelius library project". Hillsboro Tribune. Retrieved 1 December 2017.

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