Invest in Woodland Community Library

Progress and next steps:

News

Site of future Woodland library in Google Maps

  • The Woodland Funeral Home has moved to its new location in Park Plaza at 660 Goerig, opening the way for the library site to begin development. FVRL will be hosting an asset sale in the near future to sell fixtures, doors, windows and other salvageable items from the building. Demolition of the structure is slated for some time this fall (2018).
  • We have land!  On May 19, 2017, FVRL closed on property at the corner of Goerig Street and Lakeshore Drive near downtown Woodland (see map). Press release (PDF)
  • Fees lowered!  Many Woodland residents (those in Cowlitz County outside the city limits) live outside of FVRL district boundaries and must pay a fee to get a library card. In May 2017, FVRL changed the formula used to charge non-resident fees, allowing individuals to purchase a library card at lower cost. The library is also offering free 3-item library cards for minors so that all children and students, in district or not, have access to library resources.

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 Woodland Community Library
  • Subdividing the property, as there is more land than we need for the future library

How you can help:

Background:

2015, 2016:

  • FVRL Trustees set aside $1 million for the building project.
  • FVRL worked with community stakeholders to find suitable property.
  • At the same time, the Friends of Woodland 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 BergerABAM identified the need for new library facilities in Woodland, Ridgefield and Washougal.