Tigard Public Library

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Tigard Public Library
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Entrance to the library in 2012
Location Tigard, Oregon, United States
Coordinates 45°25′22″N122°45′54″W / 45.42266°N 122.7649°W / 45.42266; -122.7649 Coordinates: 45°25′22″N122°45′54″W / 45.42266°N 122.7649°W / 45.42266; -122.7649
Branch of Washington County Cooperative Library Services
Size233,240 (2012)
Access and use
Circulation1,522,367 (2012)
Population served59,265 (2012)
Members37,106 (2012)
Other information
Budget$5.5 million (2012)
DirectorHalsted Bernard [1]
Staff39 (2012)
Website www.tigard-or.gov/library/

Tigard Public Library is the library within Washington County Cooperative Library Services serving Tigard in the U.S. state of Oregon. Established in 1963, the current 48,000-square-foot (4,500 m2) building opened in 2004 on Hall Boulevard. As of 2012, Margaret Barnes was the director of the library that had a collection of about 230,000 items making 1.5 million loans of those items. [2]

Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) is the library system serving Washington County, Oregon. WCCLS distributes tax funds to libraries. It was established in 1975.

Tigard, Oregon City in Oregon, United States

Tigard is a city in Washington County, Oregon, United States. The population was 48,035 at the 2010 census. As of 2007, Tigard was the state's 12th largest city. Incorporated in 1961, the city is located south of Beaverton and north of Tualatin, and is part of the Portland metropolitan area. Interstate 5 and Oregon Route 217 are the main freeways in the city, with Oregon Route 99W and Oregon Route 210 serving as other major highways. Public transit service is provided by TriMet, via several bus routes and the WES Commuter Rail line.

Oregon state of the United States of America

Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest region on the West Coast of the United States. The Columbia River delineates much of Oregon's northern boundary with Washington, while the Snake River delineates much of its eastern boundary with Idaho. The parallel 42° north delineates the southern boundary with California and Nevada.



In 1963, the Tigard Junior Women's Club lobbied the city council to start a library in the city that incorporated a few years prior in 1961. [3] The city agreed to establish a library, but did not fund the project. [3] The next year, the Tigard Library opened in downtown on Main Street at the former city hall, but it was operated by volunteers with an initial collection of 1,011 books, most of which had been donated during a door-to-door campaign. [3] [4] During the second year, the city contributed $175 for part-time staffing. [3]

Seat of local government chief administrative building of a municipality

In local government, a city hall, town hall, civic centre, a guildhall, a Rathaus (German), or a municipal building, is the chief administrative building of a city, town, or other municipality. It usually houses the city or town council, its associated departments, and their employees. It also usually functions as the base of the mayor of a city, town, borough, or county/shire.

From 1976 to 1986 the library occupied a former mattress factory on Main Street. [5] City residents approved a $2.2 million bond in 1984 to build a new library at Tigard's new civic center. [3] In 1986, the library relocated to the building, where it remained until 2004. The civic center and library were dedicated on May 17, 1986. [6] In 1998, the city began the process of looking to build a new library building, as the library had outgrown its approximately 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) building. [7] At that time the library's collection had grown to 104,000 items. [7] However, voters turned down a bond request that year that also would have paid for other city buildings. [8]

Municipal bond A municipal bond is a bond issued by a local government or territory, or one of their agencies; generally to finance public projects.

A municipal bond, commonly known as a Muni Bond, is a bond issued by a local government or territory, or one of their agencies. It is generally used to finance public projects such as roads, schools, airports and seaports, and infrastructure-related repairs. The term municipal bond is commonly used in the United States, which has the largest market of such trade-able securities in the world. As of 2011, the municipal bond market was valued at $3.7 trillion. Potential issuers of municipal bonds include states, cities, counties, redevelopment agencies, special-purpose districts, school districts, public utility districts, publicly owned airports and seaports, and other governmental entities at or below the state level having more than a de minimis amount of one of the three sovereign powers: the power of taxation, the power of eminent domain or the police power.

In May 2002, Tigard voters passed a $13 million bond measure to construct a new library building. [8] The city bought 14 acres (5.7 ha) along Fanno Creek in 2003 for the new library, which was located on a former farm with orchards and a farmhouse. [9] The city hoped to restore the two-story farmhouse and open it to the public, but it burned down in August 2003, during construction of the new library. [9] On August 2, 2004, the new library building was opened at 13500 Southwest Hall. [10] The project cost $14.3 million, and included the costs of the land as well as construction on the 48,000-square-foot (4,500 m2) structure. [10]

Fanno Creek River in Oregon, United States

Fanno Creek is a 15-mile (24 km) tributary of the Tualatin River in the U.S. state of Oregon. Part of the drainage basin of the Columbia River, its watershed covers about 32 square miles (83 km2) in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties, including about 7 square miles (18 km2) within the Portland city limits.

Part of the grounds of the new library were fenced-off in September 2008 because of arsenic contamination linked to the former orchard on the land. [11] [12] In January 2010, the library started allowing self-service pick-up of books people have reserved. [13] The Tigard Public Library Foundation funded a feasibility study in 2010 to determine whether a second library was needed. [14] In July 2012, city budget cuts forced the library to start closing on Thursdays. [15] Thursday operations resumed in 2016. [16] By the library's 50th anniversary, the collection had grown to more than 235,000 items, now including books, CDs, and movies. [3]

Arsenic Chemical element with atomic number 33

Arsenic is a chemical element with the symbol As and atomic number 33. Arsenic occurs in many minerals, usually in combination with sulfur and metals, but also as a pure elemental crystal. Arsenic is a metalloid. It has various allotropes, but only the gray form, which has a metallic appearance, is important to industry.

A feasibility study is an assessment of the practicality of a proposed project or system. A feasibility study aims to objectively and rationally uncover the strengths and weaknesses of an existing business or proposed venture, opportunities and threats present in the natural environment, the resources required to carry through, and ultimately the prospects for success. In its simplest terms, the two criteria to judge feasibility are cost required and value to be attained.

Facilities and services

Tigard's library building is a two-story, brick-faced structure with 47,500 square feet (4,410 m2). [10] The building was designed by architects SRG Partnership [17] and built by Hoffman Construction Company. [18] Features include a 170-seat community room, gas fireplace, and glass atrium. [18] As of 2012, the library has a population served of 59,265 and 37,106 registered borrowers. [2] There were fifteen librarians out of 39 total employees, and an annual budget of about $5.5 million. [2] Within its collection are 188,069 print items, 19,473 audio items, and 23,920 video items, with a total collection size of 233,240. [2] Total circulation (loans) that year was 1,522,367. [2]

Hoffman Construction Company is a privately held construction founded in 1922. It is headquartered in Portland, Oregon. It also has an office location in Seattle. With a revenue of $1.4 billion USD in FY2017, Hoffman was the 4th largest privately held company in Oregon and SW Washington by revenue in FY2017. It was the second largest general contractor in the Portland metro area in April 2019.

Atrium (architecture) courtyard in a Roman domus

In architecture, an atrium is a large open air or skylight covered space surrounded by a building. Atria were a common feature in Ancient Roman dwellings, providing light and ventilation to the interior. Modern atria, as developed in the late 19th and 20th centuries, are often several stories high and having a glazed roof or large windows, and often located immediately beyond the main entrance doors.

Library circulation or library lending comprises the activities around the lending of library books and other material to users of a lending library. A circulation or lending department is one of the key departments of a library.

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