City of Roseburg works with Roseburg Public Schools, ESD in effort to reopen library

Douglas County Library headquarters building in Roseburg, January 24, 2017. (File/SBG photo)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Falling victim to the budget axe, public libraries in Douglas County closed their doors earlier this year, but the City of Roseburg is extending effort to help reopen the doors.

"As doctor Seuss says, book in every corner, so a library is necessary," said Bette Olson of Roseburg.

In the last couple months, since the county closed the public libraries, the City of Roseburg has realized the need for a library back in town.

Now others in the community are ready to join the fight.

"This is an opportunity for us to potentially tie the city library in with Roseburg Public Schools as well as the other school systems in the community,” says Roseburg City Manager Lance Colley.

Officials say they are working closely with the Douglas Education Services District.

ESD is helping the city address space, staff, and program needs, but patience is key.

"The timing is a little slower than a lot of people had hoped,” said Colley, “but it is my opinion that we're going to have one real opportunity to do this right and to meet the needs, and we're currently working towards that.”

And the people we spoke to in Roseburg have faith in the library's future.

"It's too bad that it's closed for a while, but I know that there's a lot of good things, too, going on in southern Oregon and I'm sure the library system will get back up and running soon," said Micah Haynes of Roseburg.

"I do hope it opens up, I do, very very much so," Olson added.

The City will update residents on reopening the library as efforts continue.

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