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    1922

    • Camas Women’s Club conceives idea of public library. “Each was to buy for own reading three standard books and when these were read, the books were either resold for the library fund or presented to the library outright.”

    1923

    • Library opens with 150 State Library books in space donated by Thayer’s drugstore.

    1924

    • Library moves to former council chambers in old city hall at 3rd and Cedar.

    1926

    • City council finally opened purse and voted $250 for books and $150 for maintenance.

    1928

    • Total number of registered library cardholders is 500.

    1929

    • The State Traveling Library was discontinued; nearly one thousand books from it were given to the Camas collection.
    • City adopts library as a municipal function.

    1932

    • Eva Santee, first librarian with a Masters degree, is hired for $75 per month.

    1939

    • Camas votes bond to build new city hall/library complex.

    1940

    • The new building, designed by Vancouver architect Day Hilborn, opens.

    1967

    • New municipal center constructed; library retains old building.

    1975

    • An expansion and modernization of the Georgian Colonial (Revival) style building completed.

    1992

    • Online card catalog is installed and consortium formed. Volunteers donate 100’s of hours to barcode collections. Consortium provides access to collection of Fort Vancouver Regional and Clark College libraries.

    1994

    • Board of Trustees and City Council resolve that the Camas Public Library remain an independent public library.

    1996

    • First Internet computer installed.

    1997

    • Southwest Washington Medical Center Library joins consortium. The Library’s interior is painted and new carpet is installed.

    1998

    • Library celebrates 75 years of library service in Camas.

    2000

    • Voters pass a $7.9 million bond in March 2000. Architectural firm of Fletcher, Farr, and Ayotte (now FFA Architecture and Design) is hired to do the design work and DPR Construction is awarded the contract to build and renovate the facility.

    2001

    • In September 2001, the library moves its operation, books and all, to temporary quarters at the old Camas National Guard Armory on NW Tenth.

    2003

    • The Library moves back to its renovated and expanded home in April 2003. The Grand Opening was celebrated on May 10, 2003.

    2005

    • A new integrated library system (SirsiDynix) is installed.

    2007

    • Camas Public Library enters into a Metropolitan Interlibrary Exchange (MIX) agreement with Clackamas, Hood River, Multnomah, and Washington counties in Oregon. Allowing Camas residents to apply for cards in any of these localities

    2008

    • Camas Public Library rated best in Washington State by Hennen American Public Library Ranking.
    • Items borrowed exceeds 300,000.
    • The Friends & Foundation of Camas Library is formed when the Friends of Camas Public Library and the Camas Library Foundation merged.
    • The library adds outdoor signage.

    2010

    • Library begins to offer downloadable audiobooks and eBooks.
    • The library switches to Radio Frequency Identification for speedier transactions and adds an automated materials handling system to facilitate restocking of library materials.

    2011

    • Library reduces hours and new materials expenditures in response to reduced budget.

    2013

    • The library celebrates two significant birthdays: 90 years since the first library opened in Camas, and 10 years since the building was expanded and remodeled. As part of the celebration, 90 people circled the building to ‘hug the library‘ (the first in Washington state and first west coast public library to do so).

    2015

    • Library Director David Zavortink retires.

    2016

    • Library Director Connie Urquhart is hired. Ms. Urquhart initiates many new programs, procedures, and guidelines, which strengthen the Library’s core services as well as its staff.

    2017

    • Technology and Collections manager Danielle Reynolds is hired. Danielle begins updating the Library Collection, as well as assessing overarching technology needs.

    2018

    • The Library installs a centralized Print Station which streamlines onsite printing, and also enables remote printing.
    • A new integrated library system (Polaris) is installed.

    2019

    • Having purchased its own catalog system, the Camas Library formally separates from the FVRL consortium. This enables the Library to expand its collection and services based on Camas community needs and values.
    • Room scheduling software program is adopted by the Library. This program enables Library patrons and Camas residents to schedule meeting rooms, study rooms and registers for Library programs.
    • Library Aide positions are created. These positions are an expansion of the Page position, allowing stronger support in programming and content delivery.
    • The Virginia Warren Collection is added to the Library. The collection is a series of three scrapbooks created by local historian Virginia Warren.

    2020

    • March: The Library closes its doors due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, with all staff transitioning to remote-worker status. Library establishs the City of Camas Resource Helpline to provide residents with check-in calls, as well as grocery and prescription pickups.
    • April: New Self-Checkout machines are installed. These will streamline the check-in and checkout process and can also be used to display upcoming programs or current flyers.
    • June: Library Staff return, instituting Curbside Service. Staff prepares for the move to Phase 3 of Washington State's Safe Start reopening plan.
    • August: The new Automated Materials Handler (AMH) is installed on the first floor after completing construction on the Service Desk.
    • September: The Library closed for three days due to unsafe air quality from the OR and WA forest fires. The Library basement is flooded due to torrential rains and storm drains blocked with leaves. The damage to lower walls and flooring is extensive.
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