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Temporary public library shutdowns are occurring concurrently in Clackamas County

Temporary public library shutdowns are occurring concurrently in Clackamas County, at both Oregon City's library and Milwaukie's Ledding Library next week.

PHOTO COURTESY: CITY OF MILWAUKIE - The first parts for the temporary Ledding Library arrived Sept. 10 to the TriMet Park & Ride.Oregon City's public library will close for four days, Monday through Thursday, Oct. 8-11, for general maintenance, repairs and staff training.

Library Director Maureen Cole said the OC library typically closes all day every Columbus Day for staff training. This year's training will be provided by OCPD and will consist of preparing for active shooters or missing children.

Another goal of the closure is completing the library's annual deep cleaning and maintenance day.

"Last year, the library started a new tradition, similar to the Pioneer Community Center, of closing for one day in order to do those things that cannot be done by the daily cleaning staff or in a building that is open seven days a week," Cole said. "We want to keep the new library in great condition and this is one way to ensure that happens."

Additional building projects patrons can expect to see completed when the library reopens include blinds on the clerestory windows and the installation of dividers between the children's area and the main desk in the foyer. New noise baffles will include one under the skylight to filter direct sunlight. These projects are budgeted and already have been approved by the City Commission.

Oregon City library patrons are encouraged to hold on to their materials until the library reopens on Friday, Oct. 12, or return the materials to another library, such as West Linn or Gladstone.

Note that Milwaukie's Ledding Library is closed through Friday, Oct. 12, to move to a temporary location at 9600 S.E. Main St., where the library will reopen Saturday, Oct. 13. This will allow construction to begin at Milwaukie's current library site.

During the time that the libraries are closed, if your home library is OC or Milwaukie, no library items will be due.

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