Imagine Woodland Community Library

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.

Project fact sheet—updated 9/2017 (PDF)

Progress and next steps:

News

Site of future Woodland library in Google Maps

  • We have land!  On May 19, 2017, FVRL closed on property at the corner of Goerig Street and Lakeshore Drive near downtown Woodland (see map). Press release (PDF)
  • 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.

What’s next?

  • Working with the public and community partners to map out the community’s needs in a new library
  • Developing a full budget for the project
  • Establishing a plan for fundraising with the FVRL Foundation and the Friends of Woodland Community Library
  • Subdividing the property, as there is more land than we need for the future library

How you can help:

  • Attend or participate in community meetings: Get information and share your vision for a new library. Check the events calendar below for opportunities.
  • Attend fundraisers: Check the calendar below for opportunities.
  • Volunteer your time and effort: Join or support the Friends of Woodland 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.

Upcoming Opportunities:

Background:

2015, 2016:

  • 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 Berger ABAM identified the need for new library facilities in Woodland, Ridgefield and Washougal.