Imagine Washougal Community Library

Libraries are the heart of the community. FVRL is working to build a new home for Washougal Community Library that will provide more materials, resources, internet and computer access, and additional space for meetings, study, programs, and workshops.

The project

News

  • February 2021: FVRL released a Request for Qualifications for an architect to create a conceptual design for the library.
  • November 2020: Lone Wolf Development, LLC, donated a 17,424 square foot lot on Durgan Street, between Main and C Street, to FVRL for the new library. The location sits in the heart of downtown Washougal, between Washougal City Hall and the post office, and adjacent to shopping, restaurants, and residential housing. It is the former location of a bank and parking lot.
  • Fundraising efforts to date have brought in an additional $282,000 for the project including over $100,000 raised in partnership with Dinner in White. 

Next steps:

  • Engage the community to help map out their needs in a new library
  • Develop a full budget for the project
  • Establish a plan for fundraising with the FVRL Foundation and the Friends of Washougal Community Library

How you can help:

Background

History

2019
June: The FVRL Board of Trustees has set aside $1,450,000 in its capital reserve plan for the Washougal building project fund.
2015–2018
FVRL started working with community stakeholders to find suitable property.
At the same time, the Friends of Washougal Community Library began fundraising.
2014
October: A Pre-Design Study by FFA Architects (PDF), with input from the communities involved, recommended library square footage and features and included projected possible costs.
2013
A facilities study by BergerABAM (PDF) identified the need for new library facilities in Woodland, Ridgefield, and Washougal.