About the library

At Josephine Community Library, people and ideas come together. Inside our four branches — or anywhere with an Internet connection — you’ll discover countless books and useful tools of all kinds. Best of all, our helpful staff and volunteers will make sure you find exactly what you need.


Volunteers make the library’s work possible by cataloging books and other materials, assisting patrons on the computers, hosting children’s storytimes, providing behind-the-scenes expertise, and more.



Our libraries thrive thanks to a talented and deeply committed team of dedicated librarians. From branch managers to our facilities coordinator, our employees work as a team to deliver quality public library services.


District information

Josephine Community Library District was formed in 2017 with a permanent, dedicated tax of assessed property value for those living within the library district boundaries. Funds raised by the tax can only be used for the library district and cannot be diverted to other county departments. Meet the board of directors, access the library’s annual budget, learn about our strategic direction, and more.

Building improvements

The many services and programs hosted in our four library branches are popular with community members of all ages. Recognizing that the library needs appropriate space — for collections, for people, for programming, and for functional operations — the Josephine Community Library District and its support organization, the Josephine Community Library Foundation, have established facilities improvement as a top priority.

Libraries are there for all of us regardless of our age or position or politics or anything else that separates us.
Laurel Samson, board member

Email newsletter

Sign up for our email newsletter to stay connected to your library. We’ll share updates on events, technology upgrades, new titles in the collection, volunteer opportunities, and more.

Latest News

Library launches new website for digital services

Sponsors fund new “online branch” of Josephine Community Library Thanks to generous grants from Oregon Community Foundation and Josephine Community Library Foundation, Josephine Community Library launched a new website to…

Library begins offering curbside service

In response to the Office of the Governor’s decision to place Josephine County in Phase Two of the Oregon reopening plan, Josephine Community Library is moving into chapter two of…

Imagine Your Story

Library offers free virtual Summer Reading Program Although the library’s doors are temporarily closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the community is invited to join the free…

Supporting the library

From monetary donations to volunteering, there are many ways to support the libraries in Grants Pass, Illinois Valley, Williams, and Wolf Creek. Your contributions keep our library vibrant and connected for the benefit of the entire community.

Monetary donations

The library district partners with Josephine Community Library Foundation to enhance library services through donations and grants. To make a monetary donation, please visit the foundation’s website.

Book donations

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Grants Pass Friends of the Library is not accepting any donated books or DVDs.


The library board of directors, staff, and volunteers are committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, accessible, and inclusive space that welcomes and values community members from a wide spectrum of perspectives and backgrounds.