why give

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.

Josephine Community Libraries is a nonprofit organization that is providing bridge funding for a newly formed library district.

The nonprofit library system is dissolving at the end of 2017 to allow the new Josephine Community Library District to take over operating the library in January 2018. At that point, Josephine County Library Foundation becomes the fundraising arm of the library system. We are now in the process of transferring all of our resources to Josephine Community Library District and Josephine County Library Foundation. You can donate to Josephine County Library Foundation help to fund projects that may not be a part of the library’s normal budget.

Library Tax Calculation Chart

If the assessed value of your property is… …then if the library district passed, your yearly tax would have been… …and your monthly tax payment would have been…
$100,000 $39.00 $3.25/month
$150,000 $58.50 $4.88/month
$200,000 $78.00 $6.50/month
$250,000 $97.50 $8.13/month
$300,000 $117.00 $9.75/month
$350,000 $136.50 $11.38/month
$400,000 $156.00 $13.00/month
$450,000 $175.50 $14.63/month
$500,000 $195.00 $16.25/month
$550,000 $214.50 $17.88/month
$600,000 $234.00 $19.50/month
$650,000 $253.50 $21.13/month
$700,000 $273.00 $22.75/month
$750,000 $292.50 $24.38/month
$800,000 $312.00 $26.00/month
$850,000 $331.50 $27.63/month
$900,000 $351.00 $29.25/month
$950,000 $370.50 $30.88/month
$1,000,000 $390.00 $32.50/month

To calculate the exact amount you would have paid in taxes if the library district measure had passed, follow these steps:

  1. Click here to find your home’s assessed value on the Josephine County Assessor’s web page
  2. Divide your home’s assessed value by 1000
  3. Multiply that number by .39

Anyone interested in getting involved with the library effort can email info@josephinelibrary.org. Those interested in donating can send a check or money order payable to “Josephine Community Libraries” to P.O. Box 1684, Grants Pass, OR 97528. Click here to make a secure online donation or learn of other ways to give

Updated 10/31/2017