In May 2007, libraries in Josephine County were closed due to lack of county government funding.
In September 2007, committed community members formed Josephine Community Libraries, Inc., a nongovernmental nonprofit organization dedicated to reopening and operating the libraries in Josephine County.
On December 20, 2008, the Grants Pass library opened again. On September 5, 2009, the Illinois Valley library was reopened. On November 7, 2009, the Williams library was reopened. With the reopening of the Wolf Creek branch on December 19, 2009, all four library branches in Josephine County were restored.
To this day, about seven full-time equivalent staff members and 360 heroic volunteers work to operate the library system and serve the thousands of patrons who use the libraries each week.