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Roseburg City Council approves plan to acquire deed to library building


Volunteers source of inspiration as libraries reopen


Glendale Community Library reopens


Canyonville Community Library, Yoncalla Library to reopen in August


Yoncalla Library slated to reopen Aug. 2


School libraries open to Roseburg kids this summer


Friends of the Canyonville Library signs agreement with county


Children, adults enthusiastic at Myrtle Creek Library reopening


Myrtle Creek Library reopens Monday


Harold Hayes reflects on his final days as Douglas County library director


After library's closure, Roseburg volunteers step up with 'Community Bookshelves'

KPIC News June 16, 2017


Jordan Cove LNG awards grants to local organizations


Jeff Bezos and Libraries!

June 16, 2017 from

On Thursday, Mr. Bezos sent a tweet to his more than 222,000 followers asking for suggestions for philanthropic giving.

Mr. Bezos wrote, “I’m thinking I want much of my philanthropic activity to be helping people in the here and now — short term — at the intersection of urgent need and lasting impact.”

Of course, at EveryLibrary, there’s nothing more urgent than funding for libraries. As we all know, libraries provide a wide range of services to the public that improves the quality of life in America.

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Library task force set to approve board, bylaws for new nonprofit

The Last Library Just Closed in Douglas County, Oregon (HBO)

You Tube Video from VICE News
Published on Jun 14, 2017

Last November, voters in rural Douglas County, Oregon were faced with a simple choice: raise property taxes by a few dollars a month per household, or close down their entire library system. They voted against the tax increase, so over the past few months, all 12 of the branches in the county shut their doors.


Library task force hopes Roseburg will allot space for hub operations


Riddle residents thrilled library has reopened

Supporters give Roseburg library a wake in its final hour

Roseburg Library Closes Its Doors

May 31, 2017

Visitors mourn loss of county library system during Roseburg location's final moments

We mourn the loss of the Roseburg library on its last day


Library task force reaches consensus on forming nonprofit

The Douglas County Library Futures Task Force reached consensus Thursday that it wants to form a nonprofit organization to manage the library ...


Goals begin to gel as facilitator joins Douglas County Library Futures Task Force

The library system of the future may look something like a confederation of local libraries.


Library Futures Task Force explores options for future

The Sage Library System could offer Douglas County libraries a catalog system as well as courier service to share 1.7 million books with other Oregon libraries. Sage is a consortium with 77 member libraries in 15 Eastern Oregon counties.

Beth Longwell, systems manager for Sage, told the Douglas County Library Futures Task Force Friday that the cost for all Douglas County branches to join the system would be about $40,000 a year. Sage wouldn’t be involved in staffing or operations of the libraries themselves.

Roseburg library to close May 30, council plans for business model

The Roseburg branch library is likely to close at the end of this month, but city councilors have made their first step toward opening those doors again in the future.

At its meeting Monday night, the Roseburg City Council voted unanimously to have staff develop a business model outlining how the city could provide library services. The Roseburg branch is set to close at the end of May.

Time for Roseburg to get serious about library

Library lovers in Roseburg made their views abundantly clear in the November election. Unlike the county as a whole, the majority of Roseburg voters said they wanted to save their library by forming a countywide library district.

They didn’t get their way, but they should get to keep their library.


Riddle Library to move forward with plan for checking out books

Riddle is moving forward with a plan to reopen its library and even check out books.

The smaller branches that were once part of the Douglas County Library System shut down April 1, victims of the financial crisis faced by county government. While the county’s Library Futures Task Force continues to search for a long-term solution, many cities have come to the conclusion their best bet, at least for now, is to take charge of their own libraries.


Task force approves checkout option for branch libraries

Some branch libraries would be able to check out books under a new type of intergovernmental agreement approved by the Douglas County Library Futures Task Force Friday.

Douglas County Commissioner Gary Leif said some cities had requested they be allowed to check out books. The new agreement would allow that, so long as each individual branch obtains a catalog system that allows them to identify books going in and out of the library. Leif said Riddle and Reedsport had requested the change, and he anticipates other cities will want to make the same deal.


Campus library an option for Douglas County book lovers

WINCHESTER — Umpqua Community College is inviting the public to visit its library. As Douglas County commissioners move forward with plans to close the county’s sole remaining library in Roseburg, UCC wants the community to know its library is still an option for people who love books.


Library task force hears from Harney County Library director

Over the past few weeks, the Douglas County Library Futures Task Force has been considering possibilities. It’s heard proposals from various groups, including the Douglas Education Service District, which offered some services in exchange for the chance to relocate to the main library building in Roseburg, and Library Systems and Services, a private for-profit company that said it could manage the library system with two employees and lots of volunteers.

On Friday, Harney County Library Director Cheryl Hancock joined the task force’s weekly meeting by teleconference to explain how her library works with local schools.

Douglas County library hearing final step to losing recognition

The Douglas County Library System will lose its official state recognition as a library after the county’s board of commissioners holds two public hearings, the last of which was at this Wednesday’s commisioner’s meeting.

The outlying libraries of the system closed as county facilities on April 1. The Roseburg branch of the system is scheduled to close as a county library on May 31.

When libraries close, timber counties face tough reality

By Samantha Swindler | The Oregonian/OregonLive
on April 05, 2017


Last day: Myrtle Creek patrons saddened by library closure

MYRTLE CREEK — The Myrtle Creek branch of the Douglas County Library System closed its doors Thursday.

In its final hours, library patrons read and talked, used the computers and collected books, as a documentary film crew from San Francisco’s Serendipity Films moved around them, gathering stories for a film on the history of the American public library and the challenges those libraries face today.


Closures come for libraries around Douglas County; public library in Roseburg closes May 31

By Dylan Darling The Register-Guard


Douglas County’s Branch Libraries Shut Their Doors, Hope To Reopen

Mar 30, 2017

Public libraries are under threat as rural Oregon counties continue to cope with the loss of timber revenue. On Saturday, 10 Douglas County branch libraries will close their doors. Some hope to reopen as “reading rooms”. Community members are seeking long term funding to bring back their libraries.



Volunteer effort will allow City of Reedsport to assume library operations

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Task force hears from private library management company

Laura Burnett, the regional director of the private library management company, Library Systems and Services, addressed the Douglas County Library Futures Task Force Friday.

Burnett said she will put together a full proposal, including the price of services, once the task force has identified how much it wants to spend and what it would want in a contract.

ESD offers to move in, help run Douglas County library

Douglas Education Service District wants to move into the Douglas County Library’s Roseburg branch, and help keep it open.

ESD Superintendent Michael Lasher proposed the move Friday at an Oregon Community Foundation meeting on library funding options.

Lasher said ESD would become an “anchor tenant,” and ESD employees would be able to maintain some of the most important library services in Roseburg.

Timber dollars not enough for library, says commissioner

Two foam display boards outlining the Douglas County general fund and timber revenues were on display at the Douglas County commissioners meeting Wednesday.

The displays were part of Commissioner Chris Boice’s message that the county’s timber payments from the federal government were less than they were a year ago. Boice said he made the charts for the “sole purpose” of showing the public that the timber revenues were not enough to cover additional county services like a library. 


What's next for the Reedsport Library?

REEDSPORT — Rayna Grubb, who with husband Sean has lived here more than 15 years, is an active volunteer at the Reedsport Branch Library. Yet now the future of this building — a center of learning and research for many here — remains uncertain.


Sutherlin councilors sworn in

As for the library, Sutherlin opted out of putting a Douglas County Library taxing district on its voters’ ballots. County voters, meanwhile, voted against creating a district, which would have funded the county library system. Now the county is struggling to find a means of funding its library system. That has left cities wondering if there will be a county-wide library system any longer.

“We need a library in Sutherlin,” Stone said. “We just need to figure out how to fund it. Property owners don’t want to pay for the whole deal. It will have to be something along the lines of a user fee.”

“I know it’s good to have a local library in your own community, but for the cost, it’s an expensive thing to have,” he added. “There are so many other things we need to move forward with.”


Douglas County libraries slated to close April 1

Ten branches with the Douglas County Library system will close on April 1 this year.

That was the conclusion Douglas County commissioners reached prior to a library staff meeting Monday. The announcement was first made at the staff meeting.


Library meeting draws a crowd

It was once again standing room only Tuesday as about 200 people crammed into the Ford Room of the Douglas County Library in Roseburg for the second of two town hall meetings on the future of the library.

There were tears from a Glide teacher who said she “just can’t believe people failed” a library district measure earlier this month, and cheers for the father of a home-schooled girl who raised money for the library through a bake sale.

Most of the discussion Tuesday focused on proposals for keeping the county libraries open.  Read NR article



Could nonprofit run county's libraries?

Douglas County Commissioner Chris Boice floated an idea to have a nonprofit organization such as the Douglas County Library Foundation take over management of the county libraries.

Boice put the idea forward at a town hall meeting Wednesday.

About 200 people crammed into the Ford Room of the Douglas County Library to participate in the Town Hall meeting on the library system’s future, despite it being held on the evening before Thanksgiving.


Our libraries need you

Once upon a time, we were so dedicated to improving our community that we as a county banded together to form a single library system. It was well funded and fully staffed by professional librarians. The branches were open often enough that people could visit them regularly. And a beautiful new library was built to house the Roseburg branch, in part thanks to generous donations from the Ford family.

It was emblematic of a time when we looked forward, planned for the future, invested in our kids, valued learning.


Future murky for libraries after voters turn down district

November 18, 2016

It won’t be long before the library system as Douglas County has known it is gone for good. Whether that means the doors will be shuttered for good or the system is replaced by something new isn’t yet clear.  Read article

Stop the talk, vote for the library
Letter to the Editor Nov 3, 2016

How can anyone think library supporters have not thoroughly explored ALL funding solutions? Library staff and supporters have been thinking about alternative funding for 20 years. Ever since 1996, when repeated budget cuts made our libraries fall below minimum standards. Can we privatize? In 2011, a private library management company stated — in writing — it could not operate the Douglas County Library System for less than the county was paying.

KQEN Radio "Inside Douglas County"

Robert Heilman and Bob Bell from the Save Our Libraries Political Action Committee advocate for the passage of Measure 10-145 which would form a Douglas County Library District Play Interview:

O&C-BLM harvest receipts and the Douglas County Library System
Rick Sohn Guest Column Oct 23, 2016

Is there a path through the development of sound legislation and management, that could lead to increased O&C-BLM timber harvest receipts in the future? Could this help the Douglas County libraries now, or long term?

Short term, the answer is “no.” The Douglas County Library System (DCLS) will be long gone before this stubborn problem is solved. Those who say we can wait for timber receipts are unrealistic, or may not place a priority on saving the library.

Library district Plan A
Carisa Cegavske - Oct 16, 2016 -The News-Review
When retired judge Joan Seitz entered a bookmobile that dropped by her Klamath Falls neighborhood when she was 10, it was her first experience with a library. Her parents didn’t use the library and weren’t particularly interested in reading.

Plan B?
Carisa Cegavske - Oct 18, 2016 -The News-Review
Douglas County voters will decide in November whether to approve formation of an independent library district. The Douglas County Library System is jeopardized by dwindling county funds. It faces an uncertain future.


County commissioner discusses proposed library taxing district
Chris Boice - Guest Column Oct 14, 2016
I’m sure you are aware that there will be an opportunity to vote for or against a proposed taxing district on the ballot for the November election.


Our View: Public libraries vs. private management

Mail Trubune Editor:
Jackson County Library District board members are rightfully voicing concerns about the private company that operates the district's 15 libraries, but they may find that the five-year contract with the company limits their options until 2020.


Library district fans, foes have flap over website

Oct 2, 2016

The Douglas County Library’s website is at the center of a firestorm of controversy over information it posted — and later scrubbed — that appeared to favor a proposed library district that’s on the ballot this November.

Group Tries To Save Douglas County Libraries

Sept 26, 2016

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners says it doesn’t have enough money to pay for the county library system.

But a group of determined residents is trying to keep them open. Measure 10-145 on the November ballot would set up a special funding district for branch libraries in 10 Douglas County towns.

Libraries serve a community need

Aug 27, 2016

I asked some of my library friends to share a few of their library experiences with me and this is a short version of what they had to say.


Follow in the footsteps of those before us

Jul 5, 2016

Those supporting the library taxing district have spent years researching alternative funding options. They have concluded that the taxing district solves the library funding problem for the long term. They are not intransigent.

Smart people vote “YES” for libraries:
The News-Review Editorial Board

Jun 19, 2016

There are many reasons we should all be willing to shell out a few $10 bills each year in property taxes to keep our Douglas County Library system going.

Library issue will be on the ballot

June 8th, 2016 The News-Review -

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to put a library taxing district before the voters in the November election.

Roseburg gets it, Sutherlin doesn't

April 3rd, 2016 The News-Review -

Roseburg city councilor Lew Marks received some applause Monday night simply for saying residents should be able to decide for themselves whether they wanted to support the library district.

Library vote narrowly passes in Roseburg, declined in Sutherlin 

March 29th, 2016 The News-Review -

After a prolonged and conflicted city council meeting, it appears Roseburg residents will vote whether to join a proposed special taxing district that would fund the county’s flagging libraries.

Council sends library resolution to voters

March 24th, 2016 The Umpqua Post - - Shelby Case

A measure that would establish independent library districts received a boost recently, courtesy of the Reedsport City Council.

Roseburg City Council: library tax decision postponed again 

March 15th, 2016 The News-Review -

It will be another two weeks before the city of Roseburg decides whether or not to join the proposed taxing district that could help keep the lights on at the county’s libraries.

Latest library budget cut the harshest, officials say 

March 8th, 2016 KVAL - - Ashley Force

The future of libraries in Douglas County could be in the hands of voters this fall.

Douglas County Library System Needs Funding

News-Review -March 25, 2015 Funding

Our Douglas County Library System is probably the most popular of all the services that our local tax dollars provide. So, it is only natural that when a funding crisis comes along, people try to come up with solutions to help preserve the system. Unfortunately, the most common of these schemes either simply don’t work or can’t be applied.


Making Sure The Library System Survives
Published in the News-Review, 2/18/16 Survives

People are surprised when I tell them that the board of directors for our county library system keeps cutting its annual budget while having no workable plan to ever provide adequate and sustainable funding. They become less surprised when I tell them that our county commissioners are also the library system’s board.

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