Invest in Woodland Community Library

Aerial rendering of the new Woodland Community Library building

A bigger, better home for Woodland Community Library

Ground broke on the new Woodland Community Library on June 17, 2023, with construction beginning that October. The new 7,560-square-foot library will feature a community meeting space, separate areas for teens, children, and adults, two study rooms, a staff workroom, and an outdoor courtyard. If construction continues on schedule, the new library will open in late fall 2024.

Construction Progress

The vision

FVRLibraries, alongside Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation and Friends of Woodland Community Library, are building a welcoming and accessible library that is a flexible and inspiring environment for learning and collaboration, enriches your connections to the community, becomes a central destination for generations to come, and anchors future development in Woodland.

Quick facts 

  • Cost: $8.6 million
  • Funding committed: 
    • FVRLibraries, $5.2 million
    • Friends of Woodland Community Library, $717,000
    • FVRL Foundation for the benefit of Woodland Library, $195,000
    • WA Sate Department of Commerce, $2 million
    • Altrusa International, $10,000 
  • Square footage: 7,560 square feet
  • Design: Hacker Architects, Portland, OR 
  • General Contractor: Bremik Construction 

Features of the new building

  • Entry space with comfortable seating, accessible power, and laptop tables
  • Donor board recognizing the contributions of the community and donors in making the dream of a bigger, better Woodland Community Library a reality
  • The Friends Bookstore will offer gently used books and other materials to the community at great prices. Proceeds benefit Friends of Woodland Community Library.
  • Library information and resource display monitor
Main space
  • The central Circulation and Service area will include self-checkouts, a copy center, and helpful staff.
  • Adult area with plenty of comfortable seats and tables with charging stations for reading, studying, and working
  • Two small meeting rooms for groups up to six
  • Technology area with four desktop computers for patron use and laptop space with convenient power outlets
Community Room
  • The Community Room, with a projector and audio/visual system, can accommodate 48 people at tables, 60 chairs in presentation setup, or 147 standing.
  • Art display system in the room provides an opportunity to feature local artists.
Teen Room
  • A dedicated Teen Room, with comfortable seating, device charging, and internet computers
Children's area
  • The Early Literacy area offers little ones a special space with enrichment panels from the Burgeon Group and interactive learning activity toys.
  • Children’s internet computer and self-checkout station
  • Study and project tables with power access

Next steps

  • Fall 2024: FVRLibraries anticipates construction will take up to 18 months, with an expected opening for the new library in fall 2024.
Pie graph showing allocation of funding sources for the new Woodland Community Library building.
Fig. 1 – Contributions by source and dollar amount: FVRLibraries: $5,200,000; WA State Department of Commerce Library Grant Construction: $2,000,000; Friends of Woodland Community Library: $717,000; WA State Budget Appropriation: $500,000; FVRL Foundation: $195,000; Altrusa International: $10,000.

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