The libraries in Josephine County closed on May 17, 2007. Four months later, committed community members formed Josephine Community Libraries, Inc., a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring long-term library services for every county resident. By December 2009, JCLI had reopened all four shuttered locations. In May 2017, citizens placed a measure on the ballot to permanently fund the libraries, which passed by 53 percent of the vote. For 10 years, the libraries were supported by generous donations and the heroic contributions of more than 360 volunteers annually. Now, JCLI is committed to a seamless transition of library services to the newly formed library district and is working to support the district effort until the anticipated transition is completed in 2018.
There are several ways to get involved with the library. Here are just a couple of:
You can become a contributing donor to the Josephine County Library Foundation and help to fund projects that may not be a part of the library’s normal budget.
You can volunteer your time, because with only about nine full-time-equivalent staff members running four library branches, we need volunteers with a variety of skills and time commitments.
Josephine Community Libraries: Opening Doors
“When Josephine County closed its libraries due to a lack of government funding, local community members wouldn’t stand for it. They quickly formed a nonprofit, Josephine Community Libraries, Inc. Thanks to a small but dedicated staff and the generous contributions of more than 200 volunteers, county residents once again reap the critical benefits of free library services. We’re proud to share their story with this two-minute video.” -Oregon Cultural Trust, December 2013
Video produced by Sheepscot Creative.