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.

Volunteering

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.

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Job openings

Josephine Community Library supports diverse recruitment. If you're looking to launch a career in libraries, check out available job openings.

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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

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Latest News

Vintage stereoscope added to the Library of Things

Community members can visit the Grants Pass branch library to experience hands-on history Community members can visit the Grants Pass branch of Josephine Community Library to use a vintage Holmes-model stereoscope to view its accompanying collection of over 300 historical photos. First invented in 1861, the stereoscope consists of two prismatic lenses and a stand…

Public libraries serve as informal cooling centers during heat waves

All four branches of Josephine Community Library serve community members as informal cooling centers during open hours on hot summer days. Library hours at each branch are as follows: Grants Pass 200 NW C Street, Grants Pass, OR 97526 Tue/Thu 10am to 7pm Wed/Fri 10am to 6pm Sat 10am to 4pm Illinois Valley 209 W…

Josephine County Parks day-use passes available at no charge through the library

Josephine County Parks Department partnering with Josephine Community Library’s “Library of Things” Josephine Community Library and Josephine County Parks Department have partnered to bring four Day Use Park Passes to the Library of Things. Each kit includes a vehicle park pass and a map illustrating local parks and list of amenities. Park pass kits and…

Public notice: Training Workshop

Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 3:00 p.m. The Josephine Community Library District Board of Directors will attend a training workshop on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at 3:00 pm. This will be a virtual meeting hosted through Zoom (meeting ID #837 3985 0452 and passcode #956887). The phone number to call into the meeting is (669) 900-9128….

Read Beyond the Beaten Path

Library offers free Summer Reading Program for all ages Josephine Community Library invites the community to join the 2022 Summer Reading Program from June 17 through August 13 with activities, in-person weekly crafts, and prizes for all ages. The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program is “Read Beyond the Beaten Path.” Participants can track…

Emergency Preparedness for Your Family and Neighborhood

Library offers emergency preparedness training in Grants Pass Josephine Community Library invites community members to learn how to prepare for emergencies such as earthquakes and wildfires from 12–1 pm on Saturday, May 21 at the Grants Pass branch, 200 NW C Street. During this program, Josephine County Emergency Management will explain the Cascadia Subduction Zone…

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.

Policies

View policies that have been adopted by the Josephine Community Library District Board of Directors and govern the district’s activities.