After six years of planning and meeting with more than 6,500 community members, we brought our vision to the voters—and they supported the Library’s bond measure to expand and improve libraries across the county. We are excited to put vision into action to provide outstanding library spaces and services for decades to come.
What’s happening in Redmond?
The Redmond Library serves as a dynamic community hub, and we’re excited to grow that hub to a 40,000-square-foot library befitting the growth of the city. The new library will replace the existing building on the same site.
The current Redmond Library will close on January 15, 2023, in preparation for the construction. A temporary Redmond Library will open at 2127 S Highway 97 on January 24, 2023. We anticipate the new Redmond Library to open its doors in Fall 2024.
What’s happening with the La Pine, Sisters, and Sunriver Libraries?
These smaller, neighborhood libraries are beloved by their communities and are being renovated to bring their services and collections into the 21st Century. All three libraries will close temporarily during renovations.
La Pine Library & Sisters Library: Both of these popular libraries are located in the civic hearts of their communities, near the downtown areas and near schools. Each location’s renovation will create bright and open spaces that welcomes the community with amenities such as flexible meeting and tutoring rooms, an enhanced children’s discovery space, a cozy fireplace and reading area, and a large community gathering space.
The La Pine Library will close in late January 2023. We are working to secure a temporary location. In the meantime, the next closest library is located in Sunriver.
The Sisters Library will close on January 15 for remodeling. A temporary Sisters Library will open a in a mobile unit on the library's property on at 110 N Cedar Street on January 24, 2023.
Sunriver Library: The Sunriver Library will temporarily close for its remodel in Summer 2023.
What’s happening with the planned library location at Stevens Ranch in east Bend?
DPL has completed due diligence on a 10-acre parcel at Stevens Ranch in east Bend. Innovative designs for this library are underway. The Stevens Ranch location will provide: large community gathering spaces, study rooms, and innovative DIY/creative spaces; an interactive discovery space for children to learn and play; a co-working space for busy professionals; computer labs with the latest technologies; and an expanded materials’ collection for readers of all ages. It will also allow for faster and more efficient distribution of library materials to all libraries in Deschutes County. Construction is planned to begin Winter 2024.
Is the Downtown Bend Library closing?
No. The Downtown Bend Library, currently the largest library in the Deschutes Public Library system, is not closing. Plans for a robust remodel—which will feature more public spaces, additional meeting rooms, and a DIY space—are underway. This will be the last library in the Deschutes Public Library System to be remodeled, with work to begin Winter 2025.
What about the current East Bend Library?
The current East Bend Library location is the only location that is not owned by the Deschutes Public Library District; the library is currently in year four of the location’s five year lease. The East Bend Library will remain open through at least its lease term.
Will I still be able to get books, even if the library closest to me temporarily closes?
Yes! The La Pine, Sisters, and Redmond Libraries will have smaller, satellite locations in operation during the closure for customers to pick up and check out books, as well as do limited browsing. We are also partnering with other organizations in each community to provide space for library programs.