A new library for Woodland
FVRL is working to build a new home for Woodland Community Library that will provide more materials, resources, ADA accessibility, internet and computer access, and additional space for meetings, study, programs and workshops.
We have property and a conceptual design. Follow along in the slideshow!
December 2021: Woodland Community Library has been on hold since late 2020 when the budget estimate for the 12,000 square foot library was over $7 million, nearly $2 million over our proposed budget. Cost drivers were primarily site work, as the land is extremely sandy and will require substantial remediation to allow for construction. FVRL commissioned a review of the building program in June 2021 to look for areas where we could reduce the overall cost. After talking to the community for several months, it was determined the best course going forward would be to reduce the overall size.
It was decided at the December 13, 2021 Library Board of Trustees meeting to go forward with the project at a reduced size. Over the past year, a number of critical opportunities have developed including a $2 million Library Capital Fund grant from the Washington State Legislature that has a limited window for expenditure of two years. Going forward with a smaller (approximately 7500 square foot) building will allow FVRL to bring a new library to the community and reserve the opportunity to expand it in the future when more funds may be available. Work on the redesign process will begin early in 2022. Join us for an update on progress at the April 23rd Love Your Library event!
How you can help:
- Check for upcoming fundraisers.
- Invest in the new library - gifts of any size are gratefully accepted by the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation.
- Join or support the Friends of Woodland Community Library and help with fundraisers and library promotion.
- 2021: Woodland Community Library received a Library Capital Improvement Grant for $1,030,000 in the Washington State 2021-23 Capital Budget.
- December 2019: We hold a "Meet the Architects" session to gather community input.
- October 2019: We selected an architect, Hacker, to do the conceptual design for the new library.
- June 2019: The FVRL Board of Trustees has moved $450,000 from its reserve plan into the Woodland building project fund.
- The Honorable Frank and Arlene Price Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation toward the construction of a Woodland library.
- The 2019-2021 Washington State budget includes a $515,000 grant for Woodland Community Library.
- After being used as a training site for fire and police personnel, the former Woodland Funeral Home building was demolished in February.
- A traffic study was completed to determine needed adjustments at the new library site.
- The Woodland Funeral Home moved to its new location in Park Plaza at 660 Goerig, opening the way for the library site to begin development.
- FVRL hosted an asset sale to sell fixtures, doors, windows and other salvageable items from the building.
- We have land! On May 19, FVRL closed on property at the corner of Goerig Street and Lakeshore Drive near downtown Woodland (see map).
- 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, 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.
- 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.
- In the news
- Woodland Community Library enters final fundraising stretch for new building (The Daily News, 5/9/2022)
- Woodland library project receives $515,000 state grant (The Columbian, 5/9/2022)
- FWCL to host fundraiser to build new library in Woodland (The Reflector, 4/14/2022)
- Two local projects receive funding in 2022 state capital budget (The Reflector, 3/21/22)
- Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation receives grant (The Columbian, 12/7/2019)
- Woodland Community Library is ready to grow (The Columbian, 7/26/2019)
- Raise money for new Woodland library by eating at Burgerville Saturday (The Reflector, 7/17/2019)
- Foundation announces local grants (The Columbian, 7/2/2019)
- Woodland-area library district plan up for vote (The Columbian, 6/10/2019)
- Woodland Friends raise $31,000 for new library building fund (The Columbian, 4/13/2019)
- Friends host bocce ball tournament for Woodland Library (The Columbian, September 5, 2018)
- Land purchased for new Woodland library (The Reflector, May 30, 2017)
- $1 million land deal clears path for new library in Woodland (Vancouver Business Journal, May 24, 2017)
- District closes deal on new Woodland library (The Columbian, May 23, 2017)
- Regional library board agrees to buy site for new Woodland branch (The Columbian, May 16, 2017)
- 3 small cities strive to book new libraries (The Columbian, November 26, 2015)
- Ridgefield, Woodland libraries get design priority (The Reflector, May 28, 2014)
- Study reveals Ridgefield, Woodland need new libraries (The Reflector, April 30, 2014)
- Letters of Endorsement
- WA State Commissioner of Public Lands (PDF)
- WA State Senator Ann Rivers, District 18 (PDF)
- WA State Representatives Dean Takko and Brian Blake, District 19 (PDF)
- WA State Senator John Braun, District 20 (PDF)
- WA State Representative Ed Orcutt, District 20 (PDF)
- WA State Senator Annette Cleveland, District 49 (PDF)
- Woodland Mayor Will Finn (2017) (PDF)
- Woodland Mayor Grover Laseke (2015) (PDF)
- Woodland City Council (PDF)
- Woodland Public School District Board of Directors (PDF)
- Woodland Public Schools Superintendant of Schools (PDF)
- Woodland Intermediate School Principal (PDF)
- Woodland Middle School Principal (PDF)
- Port of Woodland (PDF)
- Woodland Chamber of Commerce (PDF)