A new Ridgefield Community Library, expanded at its existing location, is on its way thanks to generous donations from the Ridgefield Community Center (RCC), Southwest Washington Community Foundation, 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 nearly 11,000 square feet.
Progress and next steps:
- June 2019: The FVRL Board of Trustees has moved $450,000 from its reserve plan into the Ridgefield building project fund.
- We're working on designing the new space.
- We've leased a temporary space for the library to move into during their eventual closure: the former Umpqua Bank building at 228 Simons St.
- We've hired an architecture team led by Karl Johansson from JohanssonWing Architects.
- Ridgefield Community Center Association has transfered the building and land to FVRL for the purpose of expanding the library.
- The City plans to raze the public works building on the corner of Mill and 3rd to create parking for the new library, and relocate staff from Mill and 3rd.
- If funding is complete, library construction will likely begin during the spring of 2020. We anticipate that the library will relocate for several months to allow for remodeling and construction.
- Imagine your bigger, better library: Design update: On August 13, join library staff, Friends of Ridgefield Community Library, Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation, and project architects to help identify the features you want to see in your new library.
- Spring 2020: Start construction.
How you can help:
- Help us dream about your new Ridgefield Community Library: Download this template to add the features you’d most list to see in the building. Drop off your ideas at the library. We’ll share your thoughts with the architects once we get started with the design process.
- Attend or participate in community meetings: Get information and share your vision for a new library. Check the events calendar for opportunities—the next meeting is on August 13.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
- 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)