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"Everyone knows that a man can always marry even if he reaches 102, is penniless, and has all his faculties gone. There is always some woman willing to take a chance on him. (from the Complete Book of Etiquette, 1952)"

—Amy Vanderbilt

 

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Library Overview

Library services are provided at two convenient locations. The Cedar Mill main library is at Cornell and Saltzman. The Bethany branch is in the Bethany Village shopping center.

The libraries have combined collections of more than 245,000 items for all ages, including: Books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, VHS, CD-ROMs, books on tape and CD, large print books, newspapers, downloadable audio books, online periodicals and reference books.

The libraries are members of WCCLS, the Washington County Cooperative Library Service which provides free access to the more than 1.3 million items found in Washington County public libraries. Read more about the history of the library and the Cedar Mill area here.

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Located outside city boundaries, the library is operated by the Cedar Mill Community Library Association. The Cedar Mill Community Library is the largest 501(c)(3) non-profit public library west of the Mississippi. Circulating more than 2.6 million items each year, Cedar Mill ranks #5 in Oregon for circulation and is in the top 8 for program attendance and library visits.

The library depends on private support and our Second Edition Resale Shop to supplement WCCLS funding.

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Library History Project

The library’s digital and oral history preservation project seeks to preserve documents and memories from the grassroots community library’s four decades of service in Washington County. Special features of the program include:

These elements capture the unique history of the citizen movement in the early 1970s that resulted in today’s Cedar Mill Community Library: the largest 501(c)(3) non-profit public library west of the Mississippi, the #1 ranking library in Oregon for circulation per capita and among the top 10 for program attendance and library visits.  This project is supported by a grant from the Cultural Coalition of Washington County with funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.


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Press Release, dated July 2011

With funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Cultural Coalition of Washington County has awarded Cedar Mill Library a grant in the amount of $2,000 to support a Digital History Project.

The project will focus on capturing the unique history of the Cedar Mill Community Library Association by digitizing historical photographs and documents and by recording the stories of charter members. The digitized materials will then be freely accessible on the library’s website.

Additionally, the Cedar Mill Library will partner with the Northwest Oral History Association to provide programs that inspire and teach community members to preserve their own family histories. 


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Cedar Mill
12505 NW Cornell
(503) 644-0043 | Map 
Bethany
15325 NW Central      
(503) 617-7323 | Map

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