– The day of reckoning for the city’s public libraries came early this year when the Portland Public Library closed down its doors for the year.
But the city didn’t close the doors on all libraries.
The city was working with the library system to provide resources and support to help the library community.
A lot of libraries have had a hard time coping with the closure.
“There’s a lot of stuff going on in our community that hasn’t been addressed in a very long time,” said Linda Smith, president of the Multnomah County Library Association.
“I think we have a real opportunity now to really look at how we can do something about it.”
The Portland Public library has long been a hot spot for library problems.
In 2011, the city was named as the most expensive in the country for the cost of the library’s services.
That year, Portland had an estimated $17.3 billion in public library debt.
In 2016, it was the second most expensive city in the nation for public library funding.
But last year, the amount of debt ballooned to $33 billion, up from $26 billion a year earlier.
“We have the same type of problems that we have now in our city, in terms of not getting paid,” said Smith.
The city had the highest public library vacancy rate in the state, according to a 2016 report from the nonprofit Fiscal Policy Institute.
Last year, there were more than 5,700 vacancies.
This year, it’s been a little different.
Libraries have been operating under a different contract than they did a decade ago.
Last summer, a city committee approved a new contract with the Oregon Public Library System to provide library services and funding.
Under the new agreement, libraries will get a fixed rate of $1.65 per hour of service, which is similar to the current contract.
The library system will pay library employees a monthly salary of $45,000, and the city will provide $1 million annually for library services.
The contracts will last for 10 years, and libraries can opt out at any time.
But, as with the previous contract, libraries are still paying for services that aren’t always available.
The public library system has a staff of more than 6,000 staff members and has to make cuts to staff in order to keep up with the needs of its patrons.
The Oregon Public Libraries said in a statement that the new contract “will increase our capacity and meet the needs for our patrons.”
Smith said the city has been working with libraries for about six months, and that the library district is still working on a budget.
The Portland Public Libraries is expected to deliver about 100,000 library card holders by early next year, she said.
Smith says she is optimistic about the future of the public library.
“I don’t think we’ve ever had a library like this before.
It’s been an absolute joy to work with,” she said, adding that the Portland Library Association will continue to work to improve services.