About Us

Together, we inspire discovery and cultivate wellbeing by welcoming all people to read, learn, and connect.

- Mission statement adopted January 2022


The Lake Oswego Public Library Advisory Board is a group of citizens that wish to play a role in the development of the City's public library. Each board member is appointed by the City Council either to a three-year term or to fill a vacancy. The board advises the Library Director and the City Council on matters that relate to library services, policies, and funding. Members are asked to uphold the right of all citizens to full access to information and to participate in long-range planning for library services.

The Lake Oswego Public Library's Collections consist of more than 300,000 holdings in various languages and formats including print, online, downloadable, and streaming. Borrow books, magazines, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, Things and more from our in-house collections; or connect to our online resources for Cultural Passes, e-books, downloadable audiobooks and magazines, streaming video, and high-quality databases such as Consumer Reports and Ancestry.

The Lake Oswego Public Library is a city library and a member of the Library Information Network of Clackamas County (LINCC). LINCC is a consortium of libraries working together to provide high quality services for the residents of Clackamas County. Funding for the library comes from the Clackamas County Library District and the City of Lake Oswego General Fund. Additionally, the library receives support from the Friends of the Library and private donations.

The Lake Oswego Public Library began as two libraries: The Oswego Woman’s Club opened its library in 1914, followed by the Oswego Library Association, in 1924. Both libraries were operated by volunteers and both collections were comprised of donated books. In 1930, the City of Oswego agreed to publicly fund a city library. Learn more about the Library's History...

View the Library's Official Policies including those regarding Code of Conduct, Facility Use, Internet Usage, Donations, Materials, Parking, Programs and more.

The Library is always collecting feedback from patrons and visitors. Take a look at our Testimonials to read some of our most recent comments!

The Library is one of many community centers that serve as an Extreme Weather Warming/Cooling Center for individuals and families who need shelter from severe weather. For more information about relief center locations, visit the Clackamas County Services site. 

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