The Albina Library

A series of posts about places where you can buy, borrow or donate books in and around our amazing neighborhood. 

The Multnomah County Library has many branches but the closest one to our neighborhood is the Albina Library located on NE 15th Avenue  just north of Fremont next to Whole Foods.  Besides having a large assortment of books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and even eBooks to loan, there are many events and classes for all ages. It also has an interesting past.

The Albina Library started as a reading room back in 1906 with 100 books run by Mrs. P.P. Leche. In 1907 it moved to a larger space on Williams under the direction of Miss Ella G. Dewart and the was met with unexpected and overwhelming enthusiasm finding it difficult to keep the shelves supplied with books.  It continued to gain popularity and size having to move again in 1909 to Russell Street.  The circulation increased to 36,800 items. In 1911 with a gift of a nearby property at 216 NE Knott Street (now housing Title Wave Used Bookstore) and funds from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the library found a more permanent home until 1960.

Unfortunately the Albina Library closed in 1960 and remained closed until 1967 reopening in a storefront on Vancouver Avenue and Beech Street.  It remained there for 10 years as its popularity and use declined.

One last move for our Albina Library was in store as the Library Association Board of Portland voted to move the branch to its current location on NE Fremont St and 15th Avenue.

Throughout the years thousands of volumes of books have passed through its doors. These days, in addition to reading and listening materials the library offers computer classes. From computer basics and how to make a basic website to a class called presentation tools to learn the basics of Google Slide and Microsoft PowerPoint and also tech help for assistance with your smartphone or tablet.

Thinking if trying to find a new job? You can meet with an experienced volunteer for help with your resume.

Want to join a book group? Check out Pageturners which meets monthly on the third Tuesday from 7-8pm.  There are also story times for 2-3 year old toddlers and also a separate time for children 12-24 months old.  Family story times are also offered and activities for kids and teens too.  Who knew there was so much to do at the library?

For a full list of events check out the Multnomah County Library website page for the Albina Library. There is also a printed list available at the front desk. The library is open 7 days a week and  surely there is something of interest for everyone in your family.

Albina Library
3605 NE 15th Ave