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.
- 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
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