In Multnomah County, library architecture is undergoing a substantial transformation, catalyzed by a $387 million bond passed in 2020. This investment aims at revamping the library system, making it more community-focused and interactive, rather than solely serving as places for borrowing books. Architectural changes include modernized spaces that encourage patron engagement and collaboration, signifying a movement away from traditional, passive library use towards dynamic, community-driven environments.

At Albina Library and North Portland Library, LEVER merges historical significance with contemporary needs through thoughtful architecture. The Albina Library expansion, for instance, emphasizes community input and design justice, leading to a significant addition that respects the original structure's architectural integrity. For the North Portland Library, the focus is on a smaller addition that highlights themes of Afro-Futurism, echoing community desires for a space that reflects cultural and historical identities. These projects illustrate the integration of community feedback into architectural design, ensuring libraries serve as inclusive, multifunctional spaces for diverse user groups.