COVID-19 | updates

Josephine Community Library recognizes and shares the community’s concerns with the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, we remain committed to enriching our community even with online services while our branches are closed.

Library branch facilities will begin to reopen with limited services in mid-June. While the initial trigger to begin reopening procedures is aligned with Governor Brown’s approval of Phase One for Josephine County, other phases of the Governor’s framework may not directly align with all chapters of the libraries reopening plan. We are taking extra precautions to protect the health and welfare of patrons, volunteers, and staff at all four library branches. Some considerations for alignment include supply chain availability of adequate personal protective equipment and frequent sanitizing of surfaces to follow regulatory orders.

During this time, hold pick-up dates, library card renewals, and due dates have been extended. Online library services such as instant online library card registration, ebooks, audiobooks, language and learning tools, and virtual programs continue to be available. Internet and WiFi will remain accessible outside all four library branches 24/7. Library staff is also available for technical assistance by phone at all four branches during regular service hours. We will update this page regularly with new information.

Library reopening plan

The library will continue to maintain a flexible, responsive, yet conservative approach to reopening. The safety and well being of our staff, volunteers, and patrons remains our highest priority.

Chapter 1 –  Return books and materials (May 28)

This phase of reopening aligns with the Governor’s Reopening Oregon Framework Phase One. During Chapter 1, patrons will be able to return books and other materials on Thursdays/Fridays beginning May 28. Directional signage at each library will indicate exact procedures. The library staff will quarantine and sanitize books; resume courier between branches; and, begin ordering new books.

Chapter 2 –  Open for curbside service (TBA)

During Chapter 2, patrons will be able to place a hold on up to six items for curbside pick up at all branches. The date for Chapter 2 is tentatively set for mid-June. More information regarding implementation will be made available as it is known.

Chapter 3 –  Volunteers return

This phase of reopening may align with the Governor’s Reopening Oregon Framework Phase Two and/or Phase Three. During Chapter 3, the staff will begin reintegrating volunteers by department. Our libraries rely on community support and volunteer engagement for important services needed to reopen the buildings.

Chapter 4 –  Open for computer appointments

During Chapter 4, patrons will be able to schedule 30-minute computer appointments and order printing for curbside pick-up service.

Chapter 5 –  Open for limited service

During Chapter 5, patrons may reenter the buildings to browse the collections and check out items with physical distancing precautions. At this time, the library will limit seating to computer workstations. Large group programs, public meetings, and bookstore access will not be permitted.

Chapter 6 –  Open for full service

During Chapter 6, patrons will have unrestricted access to library facilities during operating hours. All volunteers will be able to return. Furniture and computer workstations will be returned to their original placement. The library will be open for programs, events, and public meetings based on room capacity.

School district updates

Stay up-to-date on how COVID-19 is affecting schools in our community.

Oregon schools are closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year in accordance with Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order.

Grants Pass School District
Visit the Parent Resources page on the Grants Pass School District website. Parent resources page
Three Rivers School District
Visit Three Rivers School District’s coronavirus information page for up to date announcements. Coronavirus information

Food access

Josephine County Food Bank
Throughout the ongoing changes with the situation surrounding COVID-19, Josephine County Food Bank’s Facebook page will have the most current information. You can also call them at 541-479-5556. Visit Josephine County Food Bank
Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon
Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon has assembled information on accessing school meals during school closures. They also have answered many questions around SNAP benefits, Food Pantries, meals for college students and more. visit Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon

Safety and care while quarantining

If you’re worried about quarantining in a home where you don’t feel safe, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522.

If you have mental health conditions that could be triggered during this crisis, call our county OHA Crisis Line or the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s 24/7 Disaster Distress Helpline, reachable at 1-800-985-5990.

If you see a business taking advantage of this crisis by price gouging or other unfair conduct, please report it to 503-378-8442. This is the Oregon Department of Justice’s new hotline dedicated to Price Gouging and investigating other scams and frauds affecting Oregonians during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Other important resources

Oregon Health Authority
Check the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 page for daily updates. Visit Oregon Health Authority
Centers for Disease Control
Watch the CDC’s Coronavirus resource page for the most up-to-date information from the Federal government. visit Centers for Disease Control
Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. has information and resources for small businesses on their website. visit soredi
Grants Pass and Josephine County Chamber of Commerce
Stay up-to-date with important local COVID-19 business updates. visit the chamber of commerce