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, the State of Washington, and the 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 the former Ridgefield Community Center, growing the library from its existing 2,055 square feet to 8,000 square feet or more. The remodel will also bring the building up to code.
Proposed features include:
- Library expansion 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
Progress and next steps:
- Late August, 2020: Remodeling has started! Look at the slideshow to follow our progress.
- August 5, 2020: We're open for curbside service at our temporary location at nearby 228 Simons St.!
- July 30, 2020: Last day at Main St. location before we move to our temporary location.
- July 21, 2020: We have selected a contractor, Union Corner Construction, and construction will start soon.
- June 17, 2020: We have released an Invitation to Bid for the Ridgefield Community Library retrofit and modernization project. We'll be reviewing bids in mid-July and hope to start construction sometime in August.
- Estimated completion of construction: May 2021.
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.
- August 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.
- 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 (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.
In the news
- Library district accepts $2.5 million bid for new Ridgefield facility (The Reflector, 7/27/2020)
- 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)