FVRL is building a new Ridgefield Community Library, expanded at its existing location, thanks to generous donations from the Ridgefield Community Center Association (RCCA), Community Foundation of Southwest Washington, and Firstenburg Foundation, as well as support from Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation, Friends of Ridgefield Community Library, and the City of Ridgefield.
This bigger, better Ridgefield Community Library will take advantage of the full footprint of what is currently the Ridgefield Community Center, growing the library from its existing 2,055 square feet to 8,000 square feet or more.
Progress and next steps:
- Design Development (Fall 2019)The design team from Johannson Wing Architects met with the public and library staff in August to update the community on the library design. The architects unveiled the library floor plan and concepts for the exterior finishes. The remodel will bring the building up to code and expand the library from a small portion of the building to fill the full space. Concept drawings of the new library were shared with the community and the library’s Board of Trustees in October.
- Library expands from 2,300 sq ft to 8,000 sq ft or more
- Community meeting room with after-hours access (seats 75)
- Separate areas for teens, children, and adults
- Study room with seating for 8
- Lounge seating
- Additional computers and laptops for use in the library
- We are still fundraising! The combined resources of the Friends, Foundation, and FVRL equal just over $3 million. That's hopefully enough for construction. We are still working on raising funds for furnishings, shelving, books, and other fixtures.
- On November 19, we will host another public meeting to show off the final floor plan and interior drawings, as well as ask for your thoughts on finishes and furnishings for the new library.
- Spring 2020: Start construction.
How you can help:
- Attend or participate in community meetings: Get information and share your vision for a new library. Check the events calendar for opportunities.
- Attend fundraisers: Check the events calendar 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.
- June 2019: The FVRL Board of Trustees reallocated $450,000 from its reserve plan into the Ridgefield building project fund.
- May 2019: FVRL leased the vacant bank building at 228 Simons St. as a temporary location for the library during construction.
- April 2019: The City of Ridgefield plans to raze the public works building on the corner of Mill and 3rd to create a parking lot that will serve the new library and the park.
- March 2019: FVRL released a Request for Qualifications and selected Johannson Wing Architecture as the team to design the new Ridgefield Community Library.
- In May, the FVRL Board of Trustees voted to negotiate the acceptance of the generous donation of the Ridgefield Community Center building to provide expanded library services.
- The Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation acted as intermediary and is helping to close out the RCC.
- FVRL Trustees set aside $1 million for 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 for a new library.
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.
2013: A facilities study by BergerABAM identified the need for new library facilities in Woodland, Ridgefield, and Washougal.
In the news
- New WSU Vancouver building, Ridgefield library receive state funds (The Reflector, 3/25/2020)
- Ridgefield Community Library set to expand and is seeking public input (The Reflector, 4/30/2019)
- Open house set for Ridgefield library plans (The Columbian, 4/26/2019)
- Staying put: Ridgefield's library to expand (The Reflector, 6/12/2018)
- Ridgefield library's new home won't require it to move (The Columbian, 5/23/2018)
- 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)