Brookwood Library houses almost 300,000 items on two floors. The storytime room and materials for young people are on the first floor, along with movies, music, large print books, and materials in various world languages. Coffee shop service is available in the lobby. On the second floor, shelving stacks of adult nonfiction and fiction collections are on the north end of the building. Other features of the second floor include an art gallery area, a quiet reading room with newspapers and magazines, study rooms and conference rooms. Public computers are located on both floors. Study rooms, conference rooms and computers may be reserved and used with your library card.
Backed by Dawson Creek corporate park and with over 300 parking spaces in front, this 77,000 square foot building includes rentable spaces for community organizations and events.
Brookwood Library began providing library services in 1914 with a Carnegie funded building on Second Avenue and Lincoln Street. In 1975 the Library was moved to a new building in Shute Park and in 1990 the Tanasbourne Town Center Library became a branch of Hillsboro when the area annexed. As the City grew, larger space was needed and the current building was purchased in 2005. The library collections moved from leased space in the Tanasbourne Village Mall for this building’s opening of the first floor in May 2007.
Shute Park Library
Less than a year after swinging sledgehammers kicked off the demolition of the original Shute Park Library’s interior, a new, beautifully-designed community gathering spot opened in March of 2014.
Originally built and opened in 1975, Shute Park Library had undergone extensive renovations over a period of 10 months. Historic restoration specialist David Wark of Hennebery Eddy Architects built on Shute Park Library’s original, open design in creating a visible and inviting space that features lower stacks, a reflective ceiling, light-finished wood and considerable natural light.
Shute Park Library is over 15,000 square feet, with 57,000 books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and other items, while 140 new seating places give the community an opportunity to stay and read a while. On the outside, 280 first lines from books, poems and songs grace the new glass wall entrance on the west side.
Underneath the finishes and design work, all building systems have been replaced – heating and air conditioning, roof, electrical, plumbing, security and data. Seismic reinforcements can be seen in diagonal beams across some north windows and t-beams running overhead east and west.
This kiosk—the first of its kind in Oregon—is stocked with bestsellers and movies for checkout. The Book-O-Mat is located on the Civic Center plaza at 150 E Main St. to bring the Library closer to another section of the community in a high-traffic, high-visibility location. With farmers markets, festivals, and other events, the Downtown location will serve residents from around the City, in addition to those who work and live close to the Civic Center.
The Book-O-Mat is currently loaded with about 200 items; library staff will continue to add selections and rotate the collection periodically to bring in fresh materials, which will focus on new and popular materials for adults and children. The Book-O-Mat is the first implementation of the City’s new wayfinding program, an initiative to build identity and pride, and help locals and visitors navigate and discover Hillsboro. More pedestrian and vehicular directional signs, information kiosks and welcome gateways are due to start appearing around Hillsboro in Fall 2016.
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