West Slope Community Library is a member of Washington County Cooperative Library Services and is administered directly by Washington County. The library is located in the West Slope/Raleigh Park neighborhood of Portland, Oregon.
The library was founded in 1950 by the Century Club for Women. First located in space donated by a local bank, in 1974 the library moved to a park district building in front of Raleigh Park Elementary School in West Slope. In 1978 voters approved a levy for WCCLS which included funds for a 3,000 square foot modular building and for the library to be administrated by Washington County. Since 1998 the library has added an additional 3,000 square feet.
Funding & Administration
Since West Slope Community Library is located in an unincorporated area, it is not supported or administered by a city government and is instead administered directly by Washington County, Oregon. Nearly all of the library’s funding comes from the County’s general fund and a five-year local option levy for Washington County libraries. Nearly 40% of West Slope Community Library’s budget is provided by the library levy.
The Friends of West Slope Library also support the library by raising money for library books, programs, facilities, and services. Without the support of the Friends, the library would be unable to offer many of the programs and materials for children and adults that it currently provides.
Veronica Eden is the Library Director. The Library Advisory Board advises the director and library staff in planning and administration. Members are appointed by the Washington County Board of Commissioners.
What the Library Has to Offer
The library carries fiction, non-fiction (with large cooking and travel sections), graphic novels, books on CD, music, movies, TV series, board games, video games, magazines, newspapers, local publications, literacy kits, group passes to local tourist attractions, and a sizable collection for young adults and children. With a WCCLS library card, you can also download ebooks and audiobooks.
Computers with internet access and free wireless are available to the public. Printing, photocopying, and scanning services are also available.
The library hosts a number of programs every month, including storytimes, craft programs, game nights, movie nights, book groups, and other cultural and educational programs for all ages. You can check our blog or subscribe to an RSS feed for updates on library events.
Library staff are trained to offer reading recommendations and can direct you in using library tools to find your next book to read. There is typically at least one staff member onsite who can provide basic computer assistance, demo library ebooks, and offer reference and research help. With a WCCLS library card, you can access dozens of high quality homework, business, health, genealogy, consumer, and career research tools on your own.
Monday | 9:30am – 8:00pm
Tuesday | 9:30am – 8:00pm
Wednesday | 9:30am – 8:00pm
Thursday | 9:30am – 8:00pm
Friday | 9:30am – 4:00pm
Saturday | 9:30am – 4:00pm
Sunday | Closed
How to Get a Library Card
WCCLS library cards are available to Washington County residents and are for all ages. Residents of neighboring counties are typically eligible, too.
WCCLS and West Slope Community Library have created policies to improve the library user experience and maintain the quality of library facilities and materials.
Library Advisory Board
The West Slope Community Library Advisory Board is appointed by the Washington County Board of Commissioners and advises the library director and staff in planning and administration.
Library Mission & Strategic Plan
West Slope Library’s strategic plan helps prioritize library services through 2020.