FVRL is working to build a new home for Ridgefield Community Library that will provide more materials, resources, internet and computer access, and additional space for meetings, study, programs and workshops.
Progress and next steps:
- At a community meeting on Saturday, April 14, Ridgefield residents shared their input about options and opportunities for a new Ridgefield Community Library location.
- We're looking for a site for the new library. We have explored some options, but we are still searching for the location which will serve the community best in the upcoming decades.
- FVRL Trustees have set aside $1 million for the building project.
Once we have a site, what's next?
- Working with the public and community partners to map out the community's needs in a new library
- Developing a full budget for the project
- Establishing a plan for fundraising with the FVRL Foundation and the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library
How you can help:
- Attend or participate in community meetings: Get information and share your vision for a new library. Check the events calendar below for opportunities.
- Attend fundraisers: Check the calendar below for opportunities.
- Volunteer your time and effort: Join or support the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library and help with fundraisers and library promotion.
- Donate funds: Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation gratefully accepts gifts of any size towards the building project.
- FVRL started working with community stakeholders to find suitable property.
- At the same time, the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library began fundraising.
October 2014: A Pre-Design Study by FFA Architects, with input from the communities involved, recommended library square footage and features and included projected possible costs.
December 2013: A facilities study by Berger ABAM identified the need for new library facilities in Woodland, Ridgefield and Washougal.
In the news
- One option for Ridgefield library shelved (The Columbian, 1/17/2018)
- Supporters of new Ridgefield library eager for more progress (The Columbian, 11/1/2017)
- Ridgefield Main Street hires first executive director (The Columbian, 9/19/2017)
- Mayor: Ridgefield on the ‘path of progress’ (The Reflector, 2/14/2017)
- 3 small cities strive to book new libraries (The Columbian, 11/26/2015)
- Ridgefield, Woodland libraries get design priority (The Reflector, 5/28/2014)
- Study reveals Ridgefield, Woodland need new libraries (The Reflector, 4/30/2014)