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 its reopening procedures, providing curbside service of library materials at all branches.

Beginning Friday, June 12 all four library branches in Grants Pass, Illinois Valley, Williams, and Wolf Creek will be open for curbside pick-up on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4pm.

To receive curbside service, patrons can use their library card account to place requests on up to six items through the online catalog through the library’s website. Community members who do not have access to a computer, cannot connect to the Internet, or prefer phone calls can call their local branch during regular service hours. Staff will assist with reading recommendations as well as placing curbside service requests.

Requests may be placed beginning Tuesday, June 9.

Patrons are asked to wait until they receive a notification from the library that their requested items are ready for pick up. It may take longer than usual for requests at rural branches to make it to the appropriate pick-up destination due to delayed courier service.

Book drops will continue to remain open on Thursdays and Fridays to allow time for returned materials to be quarantined.

The library Board of Directors and staff are taking the necessary precautions to protect the health and welfare of patrons, volunteers, and staff. The facilities will not reopen until volunteers are able to safely return. Some considerations for reopening include supply chain availability for adequate personal protective equipment to follow regulatory orders.

Online library services such as instant online library card registration, ebooks, audiobooks, language and learning tools, and the virtual Summer Reading Program will continue to be available. Internet and WiFi will remain accessible outside all four library branches 24/7. Library staff are also available for technical assistance by phone at all four branches during regular service hours.

For more information about the library’s reopening plan and digital services, send an email to or call 541-476-0571.