By Janet Goetze
For the Star News
The Multnomah County Library, one of the busiest in the country, is asking residents to help plan for future space and customer needs.
The library system, established in 1854, provides a range of library services at 19 locations and a variety of outreach settings, according to a library news release. However, it has the smallest amount of space among libraries serving a population of similar size. As a result, the library has begun a process to develop a long-term master plan for future service.
Last fall, an assessment began of current facilities, how they were used, need projections and comments from community leaders. In recent months, library officials have been analyzing needs and options, gathering feedback and creating a vision for the future system.
In coming months, library officials will consider funding strategies, creating a master plan and presenting a final document to the Multnomah County Library District Board.