Gresham Library

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Gresham Library
Gresham Library.jpg
East and north exterior in 2012
Gresham Library is located in Gresham OR
Gresham Library
General information
Location Gresham, Oregon
Country United States
Coordinates 45°30′00″N 122°25′59″W / 45.50000°N 122.43306°W / 45.50000; -122.43306Coordinates: 45°30′00″N 122°25′59″W / 45.50000°N 122.43306°W / 45.50000; -122.43306
Opened January 9, 1990
Owner Multnomah County Library
Technical details
Floor area 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2)
Design and construction
Architecture firm SERA Architects
Main contractor Todd Construction
Renovating team
Architect Thomas Hacker and Associates
Renovating firm Andersen Construction Company
Gresham Library

The Gresham Library, also known as the Gresham Regional Library, is a branch of the Multnomah County Library in Gresham in the U.S. state of Oregon.[1] The branch offers the Multnomah County Library catalog of two million books, periodicals and other materials.[1]


The building occupied by the library was constructed in 1989 and opened in January 1990.[2] It replaced a 1913 Tudor style building at 410 N. Main Street, which had been a Carnegie library.[3] The new building was paid for by a $2.1 million fund-raising campaign designed in part by then-Governor Neil Goldschmidt, including $1.7 million serial levy approved by Multnomah County voters in 1987 and a projected $200,000 from the sale of the original building.[2][4] Following the levy, three attempts to buy suitable property that could be developed within the $1.7 million approved had failed by mid-1988, leading to the consideration of several more expensive options.[5]

The new building is 13 times the size of the original library,[2] and was designed as a "superbranch" to "usher in a new era in library services in both Gresham and the entire county system."[4] Upgrades included a computer lab/media center, a community room, a teen study area, a children's room, a conference room, skylights, and a tower to help it blend in with the surrounding shopping center.[4]

With space for 75,000 volumes, the 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) library building was designed as the Multnomah County system's second-largest, behind Portland's Central Library.[4] The original library building was purchased by the Gresham Historical Society, which turned it into a museum as well as housing its main headquarters there.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Gresham Library". Multnomah County Library. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Ruble, Web (January 8, 1990). "Boy, 8, Earns Spotlight at Library Dedication". The Oregonian. 
  3. ^ a b Pickett, Nelson (June 6, 1989). "Historical Society Makes Offer on Gresham Library". The Oregonian. 
  4. ^ a b c d Ruble, Web (September 28, 1989). "Gresham Library Will Be a 'Superbranch'". The Oregonian. 
  5. ^ Pickett, Nelson (June 30, 1988). "Five Locations Considered for New Gresham Library". Oregonian.