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

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…

Freedom: A History of US

Public library hosts exhibition from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History The Grants Pass branch of Josephine Community Library is hosting “Freedom: A History of US,” a national traveling panel exhibition organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, on display during the month of May 2022. “Freedom: A History of US” invites…

Consider This: Intellectual Freedom in America

Library offers two programs sponsored by Oregon Humanities Josephine Community Library invites the community to join a series of two programs titled “Consider This: Intellectual Freedom in America” presented by librarian and scholar Dr. Carrie Gardner on April 23 and April 30 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm offered virtually and at the Grants Pass…

2022-23 Budget Hearing Meeting

Josephine Community Library will hold its annual budget hearing at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 to discuss the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2022. This virtual meeting is open to the public and hosted through Zoom (meeting ID #860 8798 6075). The phone number to call into the meeting is…

Kindergarten Toolbox program

Library provides Kindergarten-readiness series funded by The Ford Family Foundation Children ages 3–6 and their parents or caregivers are invited to join the 6-week spring session of the Kindergarten Toolbox program on Thursdays from 5:30–6:30 pm at the Grants Pass branch of Josephine Community Library beginning April 28 to promote Kindergarten Readiness. During this six-week…

Library to host free program with local poets

Community members are invited to join Lisa Baldwin and Diana Coogle for a poetry workshop The community is invited to a free poetry program called “Something About Poetry: A Community of Poets” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 in the Ben Bones meeting room at the Grants Pass branch of Josephine Community…

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.